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Journey Through the End Times: 10 Films Set in an Apocalyptic World

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

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Turn on the news or open your phone these days and you wouldn't be wrong to think the end is nigh. As the technological advance of AI dramatically increases and the ever present threat of nuclear war, or environmental destruction, is beamed into our living rooms, we live in an age of worry and fear. On that cheery note we have curated a list of movies set in the end of days. The allure of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic films lies in their exploration of human resilience, survival, and the redefinition of societal norms. These films, set against the backdrop of a world in ruins, often serve as a mirror to our deepest fears and hopes. Here are ten films set in an apocalyptic world that offer a captivating journey through the end times.

1. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

George Miller's 'Mad Max: Fury Road' is a high-octane, visually stunning masterpiece set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The film follows Max (Tom Hardy) and Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) as they rebel against a tyrant, leading to a relentless, breathtaking chase across the desert. The film's themes of survival, redemption, and hope are as compelling as its action sequences.

2. Children of Men (2006)

Alfonso Cuarón's 'Children of Men' paints a bleak picture of a future where humanity faces extinction due to infertility. The film's protagonist, Theo (Clive Owen), must escort a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea. The film's long, unbroken shots and grim realism make it a haunting exploration of a world on the brink of collapse.

3. The Road (2009)

Based on Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer-winning novel, 'The Road' is a poignant tale of a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son navigating a post-apocalyptic world. The film's bleak landscape and the duo's struggle for survival underscore the enduring power of love and hope amidst despair.

4. A Quiet Place (2018)

John Krasinski's 'A Quiet Place' is a unique blend of horror and post-apocalyptic drama. The film follows a family forced to live in silence to avoid creatures that hunt by sound. The tension-filled silence and the family's resourcefulness make for a gripping viewing experience.

5. 12 Monkeys (1995)

Terry Gilliam's '12 Monkeys' is a mind-bending journey through time, set in a world devastated by a deadly virus. Bruce Willis plays a convict sent back in time to prevent the outbreak. The film's intricate plot and Willis's performance make it a standout in the apocalyptic genre.

6. The Book of Eli (2010)

In 'The Book of Eli', Denzel Washington plays a lone wanderer in a post-apocalyptic world, safeguarding a book that holds the secrets to humanity's redemption. The film's exploration of faith and morality amidst chaos makes it a thought-provoking watch.

7. Snowpiercer (2013)

Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer' is set in a world frozen over, with the last remnants of humanity living on a perpetually moving train. The film's exploration of class struggle and survival in a confined, moving world is both thrilling and thought-provoking.

8. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

Roland Emmerich's 'The Day After Tomorrow' depicts a world plunged into a new Ice Age due to climate change. The film's stunning visual effects and the struggle of its characters against nature's fury make it a compelling disaster movie.

9. I Am Legend (2007)

'I Am Legend' features Will Smith as a virologist, the last human in a New York City overrun by infected victims of a plague. Smith's performance and the film's exploration of loneliness and survival make it a memorable entry in the apocalyptic genre.

10. Wall-E (2008)

Pixar's 'Wall-E' offers an apocalyptic vision with a twist. The film follows a small waste-collecting robot left on an abandoned Earth. 'Wall-E' is a touching tale of love and adventure, with a poignant commentary on consumerism and environmental neglect. A film that can be enjoyed with children but does have an important message to convey.

These films, each unique in their portrayal of the apocalypse, offer more than just tales of survival. They delve into the human condition, exploring themes of hope, despair, resilience, and the indomitable human spirit. Whether it's through the silent tension of 'A Quiet Place', the bleak realism of 'The Road', or the animated charm of 'Wall-E', these films remind us that even in the face of the apocalypse, humanity's capacity for hope and survival shines through.

If you have any other movies you would like to see added to this list then drop them in the comments below. All movies on this list are included On Demand with our IPTV subscription. Join the cord cutting revolution and cut the cord today.

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