The world is going to end…soon. We all have heard this comment some time or another either from a person we know, don’t know or whatever. Anyway, I have begun to see this reoccurring theme of the “world as we know it is gone/changing and we just have to survive.”
Generally I like post-apocalyptic scenarios. For instance, 1984 is seen by many as one of the best and most thought provoking visions of a dystopian future. However, recently the movies like Day after Tomorrow and Journey to the center of the Earth seem to appeal to an audience that just wants to blow stuff up.
Plus the media seems to be playing on the fears of people without addressing any form of reality with something as serious as global warming/climate change. For instance, in the film Day after Tomorrow the Earth rapidly changes into an ice bucket of a place where few survive. The reality is much less dramatic with climate change happening slowly….very slowly. According to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change that the probability of the thermohaline circulation shutting down [as depicted in this film] is not very likely. If it were to occur as suggested in the film with a rapid change, it would probably not happen within the next hundred years.
2012 basically argues something similar to Day after Tomorrow with our planet basically changing so drastically that all of our major cities are shown falling into the earth or being pushed outward. It seemed very unrealistic preying upon the fears of the global warming proponents trying to get the message out that doing nothing will lead to this end – everything in ruins. I just don’t buy it. If you want to watch a movie just to see things freeze or blow up with no regard to what could really happen scientifically then go ahead and watch them. As for me, I want my 4+ hours back for these two movies.
Zombieland also takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, but I feel that with its comedic intent it deserves no such scrutiny as the previous mentioned blockbuster films. Zombieland stayed true to the reality of the “what if” situation. I loved how it mentioned double tapping the zombies just to be sure they are dead.
All I can say is avoid the 2012, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Day after Tomorrow…if you intend to get anything other than blown up stuff. Personally, I am a bit tired of these attempts at quality post-apocalyptic film making. Do other films – try comedy …but movies today have big 1984 shoes to fill.