Contributor's Corner: Post-Apocalyptic Film
During the dawn of Viddy Well, we asked each interested contributor to fill out the same questionnaire. The questions spanned from grave to goofy, but the replies were nearly always unexpected. This week we'll take a look at the following question:
The world has ended. You can live out one post-apocalyptic movie. What do you choose and why?
I hate to start this with a tie, but I have to do it in order to be honest. It’s a tie between Children of Men and The Book of Eli. Oddly enough, they are wildly similar, more than one would think. Both of the lead characters have to try to make it to a destination while protecting something sacred, which is the future of civilization. CoM had to protect the baby, and TBoE had to protect sacred text. For shits & gigs I’ll throw Zombieland in there as the 3rd. I really like that movie. It’s not 12 Monkeys or The Matrix but it has the comedic feel I love.
I'd probably have to go with 28 Days Later. Just because I love the atmosphere between all the chaos.
This one's tough. Most of the best apocalyptic movies are soul-crushingly bleak. Let's go with A Boy and His Dog because it has a sense of humor and there's a lot of T&A. Much better than cannibals or fire tornados.
I know its not a movie, but Adventure Time is technically post-apocalyptic. Now, you might be thinking that this is the softest possible answer, but imagine being surrounded by a world governed by science and magic where nearly everything is sentient and interactive. Ooo (the name of the world) has so many twisted monsters, like living walls made out of human flesh, pool toys that morph into demonic shadow predators, immortal soul-sucking time-traveling war lords, but the citizens remain more or less oblivious to their dangers, instead getting petrified of things like a wolf that gives you big hugs. I like the idea of living in an environment that would look nothing like a destroyed version of my world, rather a psychedelic fever dream fueled by cosmic crystals, talking hot dogs, and dancing bugs. Plus, I'm trying to get my hands on Jake's perfect sandwich.
The Girl with All the Gifts because it ends on a hopeful note, and the invention of E-Blocker so that zombies can't smell you is genius.
They're all pretty awful. Ideally Wall-e on the spaceship. I could be lazy some days and not have it frowned on. Dawn of the Dead (79) could be fun...until I get tired of eating spam and all the biker gangs trying break into my mall to steal mannequins and use the blood pressure machine.
I think I would go with Idiocracy. Because, let's face it, we're practically living in those times already. On the plus side, I'd be the smartest person in the world, and I'd get the opportunity to be president and try to turn the world around. That's a silver lining I can get behind.
What do you think? What post-apocalyptic film would you want to live out? We want to know. Share your thoughts and feelings in the comments section below, and, as always, remember to viddy well!