Thursday Movie Picks: Post-Apocalyptic World (Not Apocalyptic)

This week's theme from Wandering Through the Shelves is about movies after the apocalypse. The disasters are (mostly) over and we see how people deal now. It's funny I would get this theme after being so underwhelmed with Z for Zachariah, a film with an interesting premise that fell flat. Here are some of my favorite post apocalyptic movies. 

1) Mad Max: Fury Road

What happened to the world to make it the way it is now? Who knows? Why is this in Australia when only a few people have Australian accents? Who the fuck cares, it's fun!

2) Children of Men

Women can no longer have children, there's mass poverty, but Kee seems to be defying all odds. This film is so dark and wonderful it almost makes me forgive Cuaron for what he did to Prisoner of Azkaban's script.


3) 28 Days Later

The film picks up a month after a massive outbreak of the "rage" virus. Cillian Murphy waking up in a hospital then walking out into a deserted London is still one of the most memorable scenes I've ever witnessed. 





28 comments:

  1. Haven't seen Fury Road yet, but I loved Children of Men. And 28 Days Later has Cillian Murphy in it

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    1. Cillian Murphy is good in everything. I love that guy.

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  2. All great picks! I forgot about Children of Men, such a grim outlook on the future and its surprising how we focus on children too with jobs, industry and education.

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    1. It's a very grim outlook for sure. That scene where they all see the baby for the first time though, that was powerful.

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  3. LOL, my very first thought was Fury Road too...and The Road...ha...knew it would pop up today.

    LOVE that we both went with Children of Men!

    LOVE that you went with 28 Days Later. Brilliant film!

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    1. Thank you! I figured The Road would pop up a lot today. That's a popular one, even if I didn't care for it myself. I'm glad we matched with one this week again.

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  4. I've seen two of these, always meant to catch up with 28 Days but since I'm not a huge fan of this sort of film it slips my mind.

    I enjoyed Fury Road but I'm at a loss for all the best of accolades. It was a fast paced action ride and that was about all.

    Love Children of Men though the end is always disconcertingly abrupt. It makes sense but it throws me every time.

    As I said this isn't one of my preferred genres but I was still able to come up with a trio that I liked:

    The Planet of the Apes (1968)-The original story of a crew of astronauts who crash land in a world where a society of intelligent talking apes reign supreme. They are quickly taken prisoner and discover that humans are now subservient. Both cheesy and impressive at the same time with hambone Charlton Heston the exactly right actor in the lead.

    The Time Machine (1960)-At the turn of the 20th century H.G. Wells tells a group of friends of his time machine to their disbelief and one’s warning not to tempt the laws of providence. Wells ignores the advice and travels far into the future to find a sobering world populated by recessive humans called Eloi and strange creatures called Morlocks. This won an Oscar for its revolutionary time lapse photography.

    The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959)-Miner Ralph Burton (Harry Belafonte) trapped for a number of days in a cave-in, emerges to find himself the seemingly lone survivor of a nuclear holocaust. Traveling to the closest large city, New York, he finds it deserted at first but eventually meets Sarah Crandall (Inger Stevens) who has also managed to survive. They form a close friendship until the appearance of a third survivor (Mel Ferrer) and tensions flair. A three person chamber piece.

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    1. Thanks for sharing those picks! I saw the original Planet of the Apes long ago. I sometimes wonder how the ending would've felt if I didn't know beforehand that they were on Earth the whole time.

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  5. How could I forget Children on Men? One of my all time faveourite films.

    Again, good choice with 28 Days Later. A fine pick.

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    1. Watching that gif, I forgot how much I loved all the tracking shots in that film.

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  6. Fury Road is QUITE the trip. I picked 28 Days Later, too and COMPLETELY agree about those shots of a deserted London.

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  7. Love the inclusion of Fury Road :) the other two are also very good movies!

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    1. Thanks! Fury Road was perfect for this week.

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  8. I have not seen any of these. Actually 28 Days Later I saw parts but it was late and it looked disturbing soI decided to go to bed and dream rather than have nightmares. I want to see the first 2 for sure

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    1. lol I can see non horror fans not caring for that one.

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  9. Cool picks - all of these are really awesome!

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  10. Great picks! Love both Children of Men and Fury Road. I haven't seen 28 Days Later, might give that one a go.

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  11. Love love love Children of Men. That scene in 28 Days Later as he crosses the bridge and it the picture zooms out and its all just empty with that track is so incredibly memorable.

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  12. LOVE!!! Brilliant picks all around.

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No seriously, post one. I need attention.