best post- apoc movie

Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by welsh, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. Lord 342

    Lord 342 Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    May 21, 2004
    I've seen some good post-apoc stuff but one that stands out for sheer badness-with-goodness, implausible plotline yet still entertaining is a movie called "Cherry 2000" from 1987.

    It doesn't take itself seriously but good enough if you can catch it on TV.

    Odlly enough, I found an old Clint eastwood Western called "The Outlaw Josey Wales". The funny thing is the plot basically mirrors that of the first two Mad Max movies, with only the ending changed. Go watch it and see if you can figgure out who's who... It's definitely not Post-apocalyptic but it is set in a definite dystopia.

    Omega Man was good, so was "A Boy and his Dog". Loved the twist ending. There was supposedly a movie on SciFi channel based on Axler's "Deathlands" novels... anyone see that yet?
  2. welsh

    welsh This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 5, 2003
    I could see where you might call Outlaw Josey Wales a post-apoc film. Kind of makes sense in a way. Also it is a great flick.

    Another interesting apocaplyse film might be Rapa Nui about the destruction of Easter Island.
  3. Pablosdog

    Pablosdog Where'd That 6th Toe Come From?

    Oct 30, 2007
    I'd hate to bring up a 5 year old topic but, I recently saw "Threads" and it was quite excellent. It painted a grim picture of what life would be like during a nuclear war.

    I thought that the scenes building up to the war were quite good, and the film has a totally different pacing half way though(due obviously to the depiction of a nuclear war and it's effects) The scenes where people were vaporized or lying on the ground crispy was quite harrowing.
  4. Starseeker

    Starseeker Vault Senior Citizen

    Jul 25, 2003
    Holy Necromancy, batman!

    AFAIK, there is a similar but more recent thread in the General FO forum?
  5. Dude101

    Dude101 Vault Fossil

    Aug 3, 2005
  6. Iago

    Iago First time out of the vault

    Jan 23, 2009
    Yes, Le dernier combat is an excellent movie, arguably the best Luc Besson ever did.
    Anyone saw Southland Tales, Richard Kelly's second movie? Although it would be more accurate to call it a pre apocalypse movie.
    And I will probably get flamed for this but am I the only one who didn't like Mad Max ( I'm only talking about the first one here )? The setting is ok but I found it to be just a rather weak vengeance story.
  7. Ah-Teen

    Ah-Teen Vault Senior Citizen

    Jun 21, 2007
    BEGONE THOU HEATHEN! Hence fourth may your family name shall bare your curse to the tenth to the tenth generation! Be thy skin as it were an old apple, long fallen and thy tongue dry as salt.

    Meh, everyone is entitled to their opinion. Even if it is absurd. :P

    OH on the topic of PA French films, Delicatessen. Discuss.
  8. PastaMasta

    PastaMasta Mildly Dipped

    Sep 25, 2008
    My favorite has gotta be Mad Max.
  9. DexterMorgan

    DexterMorgan A Smooth-Skin

    Aug 6, 2008
    Threads, closely followed by Testament.

    Not previously mentioned in this thread, When The Wind Blows (animated) and On The Beach (Peck, Gardner).
  10. MikMan

    MikMan First time out of the vault

    May 9, 2006
    I saw "the Road" yesterday, and it probably is the best post-apocalyptic film I've seen so far. There is still room for a better one, though. Honest and simple in the right way, it doesn't have any cheap dramatization or other commercial tricks intended to make it "easier". The only thing that struck me wrong was something that I very often don't like in movies, unnecessary background music. No Land For Old Men (also a good movie) doesn't do this, if I remember correctly.

    It's also very, very depressing at points. The world it portrays, gray, dead forests and abandoned cities and roads, with very, very few survivors are much more disturbing and grim than a sunny, desolate desert, in my opinion. It is very near to my vision of an ideal post-apoc movie. I recommend it.

    Mad Max 2 would come as a strong second, being a "good" action movie. It doesn't have anything unnecessary. It has a deep (although perhaps not very) level to it, too.

    Haven't seen the first one yet, except for maybe the first 15 minutes, which didn't impress me much. Beyond thunderdome was bad, except for a few moments. The lost boys gang just felt a little too corny to me.

    I had high expectations for Besson's Le Dernier Combat. It had some good moments to it, but all in all, it was a disappointment. Visually, it has some very good shots. It has also some original ideas (the muteness). The soundtrack, however, is poor, like in some other movies by Besson (Nikita). This is arguable, but they go against my own taste. I think they sound cheap, and not cheap in a good way. Just bad. Also, some other things provoke in it: some moments seem childish. But I think this is a theme of sorts for Besson, he often depicts the loss of innocense in his movies, which might explain some things. I've often tought that he chooses good themes (or themes that interest me aswell) for his movies, but somehow just more or less screws them up. Nikita is maybe his strongest movie, Le Dernier in 2nd place and Leon 3rd. I won't go into that now.

    Omega man started well, but sort of descend into a mix of unintended comedy and low quality, overall crappyness. Not a good pa movie, or even a good movie at all. Same thing for it's newest rebirth "I Am Legend". It had some good moments in the start, but ended up being shitty and commercial.

    What's wrong with Will Smith, huh? I haven't probably seen a single decent, "real" movie with him in it. The man has the iq of wittgenstein, he would be capable of making Kubrikian masterpieces, if he wanted to. The good thing is, he's a reminder and proof that pure, "raw" intellect does not make up for creativity and artistic vision when it comes to making something meaningful. At least "Ali" had potential.

    I didn't like "the Postman" either. All the nationalism and overly dramatic and just shoddy dialogue ruins it.

    Now, if zombie apocalypse qualifies, then "Day of the Dead" IS a good movie. It has many levels to it. I recommend it as well for anyone who hasn't seen it. Probably the only truly credible and GOOD zombie movie I've seen.

    Talking about zombies, 28 days later begins very well. The shots of a desolate London are very, very good and atmospheric. When the army kicks in, the movie starts to go downhill, in my opinion. I won't spoil anything though. Same thing for the sequel, 28 weeks later, although the curvature from good to shitty is steeper, as in faster. It has a very strong beginning, but maybe just as equally a weak unfolding. What bothered me most where the cheap tricks that were meant to shock the audience with either some "saw"-like gorish, disgusting scenes or some other horrory ding-dong.

    I guess waterworld is OK. I should really watch it again, but I liked the originality of the world. Nothing special besides that, maybe.

    Even though hollywood-garbage seems to grow larger and appear increasingly often, there will always be the few good moviemakers that will do what they want, how they want it. A good portion of "good art" is not compromising one's vision. And having one, too.

    Oh, and also, I'm watching the first moments of "Threads" right now, having learned about it just moments ago from previous posts in this thread. Looks promising! Nice symbolismsmsms, webs and all, yeah.

    And fuck, I still wanted to mention that I'm looking forward to see a pa movie by Mika Kaurismäki (brother of Aki Kaurismäki, author of "I Hired a Contract Killer", "The Man Without a Past"). I'm told it's good, though I don't know it's title yet! Have to do some research in imbd.
  11. 34thcell

    34thcell Look, Ma! Two Heads!

    Sep 22, 2008
    Dawn of the Dead (1978), easily the best.
  12. Feedbacker

    Feedbacker First time out of the vault

    Aug 4, 2009
    Does Children of Men count as post-apoc? I adore that movie.
  13. DexterMorgan

    DexterMorgan A Smooth-Skin

    Aug 6, 2008
    Not really.

    Also good movies: Vampire Hunter D and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.

    A more recent animated movie called "9" is worth watching as well.
  14. Mad Max RW

    Mad Max RW Mildly Dipped

    Jan 12, 2004
    I'm gonna have to wait for the dvd of The Road, because this limited release is fucking criminal.

    Anyway, here's one nobody mentioned yet. It's a French film called Le Temps du Loup, or Time of the Wolf. It's depressing and really nails the look and feel of refugees struggling to survive when all of civilization collapses. It came out in 2003 and I suspect Cormac Mccarthy saw it when he wrote The Road. Both are very similar.
  15. welsh

    welsh This ghoul has seen it all

    Apr 5, 2003
    Actually, I think Children of Men should qualify- afterall, mankind is on the brink of apocalypse.

    Right now I am kind of leaning towards Dr. Strangelove, but I have a soft spot for Blood of Heroes.

    Anyone ever see the Richard Harris flick -Ravagers?
  16. .Pixote.

    .Pixote. Carbon Dated and Proud

    Sep 14, 2009
    I’m not sure whether it has already been mentioned but Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1979 film - Stalker. It might not be considered purely post-apocalyptic, but watching it makes you believe that the world it depicts is on the edge of an abyss.
  17. fishboil

    fishboil First time out of the vault

    Feb 3, 2010
    I just wanted to mention Stalker. Really a great movie.
    Dust Devil is a great movie and it is called as an ''Tarkovsky on acid''
    Haven't seen Hardware but it is a horror movie with post apocalyptic setting.
  18. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003

    Kevin Costner rules.
  19. PainlessDocM

    PainlessDocM Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 5, 2010
  20. Blakut

    Blakut Vault Senior Citizen

    Jan 9, 2008
    I gotta see this, i have it on my computer but never got around to see it!