Sick Conceived Future
Well, f**k it – I know that I can’t imagine the future of our planet as too good, some kind of utopia, but these guys are really exaggerating it! Directors and writers of these films are turned on their sickest imagination and destroy our future. It is true that I enjoyed watching some of these films, some of them were even a little funny, but I really can’t imagine living in one of these post-apocalyptic worlds!
It’s never explicitly stated what exactly happened in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road to mess the Earth up so badly, but, whatever it was, it sucked. The skies are full of burning ash, the few survivors have abandoned all pretense of civilization and live off of scavenged goods or each other and every day brings them all closer to death. As if parenting wasn’t hard enough, the book (and movie’s) protagonist must try to keep his kid safe from the scumbags out there. Needless to say, it doesn’t work out well in this post-apocalyptic world.
I Am Legend
The idea of being the last man on Earth has its appeals but there are also some downsides to it. Take the post-apocalyptic world of I Am Legend, the 2007 movie based on Richard Matheson’s classic novel. The situation there is a dire one – humanity has been ravaged by a virus that transforms them into cannibalistic monsters with enhanced speed and strength. Only a few people are immune, but it doesn’t do them a lot of good, as the infected pretty much take over the joint, indiscriminately eating whatever crosses their path.
Remember when we were all worried about the polar ice caps melting? People really thought that it would turn the planet into a gigantic ocean, but, really, all it’s going to do is kill all the polar bears. So that’s a win for us, I guess? Most of the post-apocalyptic world scenarios on this list feature desert wastelands, but Waterworld switches things up and posits an Earth completely covered with salt water. Tiny enclaves of humanity eke out a subsistence-level existence here in between getting their asses beat down by pirates. I like to think I’m a pretty good swimmer but this would get ridiculous.
Bizarre, Sean Connery’s movie, Zardoz is probably most famous for the star’s insane leather outfit, but the dismal year 2293 on display is a grim thing. The majority of the post-apocalyptic world population is made up of Brutals, troglodytic cavemen under the thumb of the Eternals. Above it all is Zardoz, a floating stone head that preaches about the evils of the penis. The Eternals live in a bizarre vortex under the control of an artificial intelligence, and nobody really knows what the Hell is going on. No matter where you land in this future world, it sucks to be you.
It’s only a matter of time before Skynet becomes real. With advances in computing happening at a rate too fast to be observed with the naked eye, a self-aware computer system is an eventuality, not a possibility! If we’ve learned anything from the Terminator franchise, it’s that once the machines wake up, we’re all dead. It all starts with a nuclear attack on Russia that sparks global thermonuclear warfare and, after humanity is decimated, Skynet starts building badass robots to hunt the last few survivors down. Then it sends them back into the past to kill even more of us just for giggles. That’s a post-apocalyptic world that just won’t stay in its box.
At least with the other futures on this list, you can walk around. In the utterly dismal world of Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys, humanity has been driven underground by a virus so nasty that it’ll eat the flesh off of your bones if you even set foot on the surface. When a convicted criminal is chosen for an experimental mission through time to pinpoint the cause of the outbreak, it opens a can of worms that can never be closed again. I like the sun and would enjoy seeing it, even if it’s through clouds of radiation. Being buried alive sucks.