Original Print Date: Nov 2012
“Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Atom Bomb”
When it comes to the innihalation of the world via a nuclear explosion, no movie made more of it than Stanley Kubrick’s classic work. A comedy, the satire of a government handling a rogue plane carrying a bomb over Russia was equally hilarious and poignant. Peter Sellers historically played three different characters in the movie which, at the end, displayed the humor in the ridiculousness of the government and maybe we should all, as the title suggested, just stop worrying and embrace inevitable doom.
Steven Soderbergh’s modern masterpiece proved not all viral outbreak films should be about mutants killing everyone. Instead, he focused on the suspense involving characters ranging from the government organization trying to contain it to the father trying to keep his daughter safe. As usual for a Soderbergh movie, the cinematography was excellent, and the film was appropriately entertaining, making for a movie that posed the most realistic rendition of such a situation.
Maybe not the best zombie movie ever made, but regarding such an event causing the end of the world, it was certainly the most fun. Again that may not prove its spot but in such dire constraints the movie preached to stop worrying and enjoy the situation. Destroy shops, jump from car to car, party in Bill Murray’s house and even fall in love with another survivor. “Zombieland” did so in a bloody and hilarious fashion and was the kind of movie that made you almost want to live in a world where 90 percent of the population wants to eat you.
“Invasion of the Body Snatchers”
A much more quiet way of telling the now classic story of aliens invading America, 1956’s “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” is in a cornerstone of the sci-fi genre, and to this day is one of its most popular titles. The story took place in a small California town as aliens slowly began to inhabit the bodies of humans, leading the unpossessed to stop the attack. Today, its themes ring with just as much insight as any art film fare; its opinions on anything from McCarthyism to flat-out conformity in society prove just as relevant today.
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”
It may not have the varied takes on meaning like the first. Some feel it’s about the second coming of Christ; others a movie about a robot stomping around. But “T2” was a marvel of visual effects, driven sci-fi action and an interesting take on humans’ future reliance on technology. It might not be set in the apocalypse per se, but there was no question it dealt with it directly as The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) ensured the protection of the future leader of the rebellion, John Connor. Director James Cameron’s mind was his best tool, and his predictions on our world in the future was almost so true, it was frightening.