Happy Earth Day! Feel free to go outside and take in the fresh air, because you only have a limited amount of time to do so. Or at least that’s what Hollywood wants you to think, because planet Earth is always in peril. For decades, our planet has been attacked by aliens, asteroids, black holes, and various other galactic dangers. However at the same time, Earth has also fought back and punished us for neglecting it! Well since it is Earth Day, I figured what better way to celebrate than to write a post in tribute of our great planet. Here are my top 5 films where Earth is either the punching bag or the one throwing the punches.
My number one apocalypse film is 2012. Why? It is basically a two in a half (it felt like 20) hour film dedicated to the destruction of Earth. There are numerous scenes of disaster that come to mind, I especially loved the Yellowstone National Park sequence. 2012 is The Day After Tomorrow on steroids, but that isn’t necessarily a good thing. The characters were far less interesting, and parts of the film were just downright boring. The film sucked, but no one was expecting it to be anything more than good old fashioned destruction porn. 2012 more than delivered in that respect.
2. The Day After Tomorrow
I remember when The Day After Tomorrow came out back when I was a young boy. I must say, this film scared the hell out of me. I didn’t understand why mother nature was so pissed off! Honestly I really enjoyed the film years ago, and it’s still enjoyable now. Part of the reason for that is the special effects. Unlike some of the disaster movies that debuted before this one (Deep Impact for example), the effects looked real and they were thrilling. I don’t know about anyone else, but I really liked seeing Hollywood get ripped apart by tornadoes. The Day After Tomorrow had a happy ending, but not before mother nature had her say…
Here we have Michael Bay’s umpteenth attempt at destroying Earth (and his career). Armageddon is surely one of the most popular destruction films, but let me just say that it wasn’t nominated for the realism prize. As Ben Affleck perfectly pointed out, clearly it would be a better idea to train astronauts how to dig a hole rather than train miners to be astronauts. Regardless of its flaws, Armageddon is actually a very entertaining film. The cast was fun, and the film is a great popcorn flick. Not to mention, the special effects are quite good. If you don’t believe me, check out this scene.
Knowing was one of the more supernatural films on the list, but it definitely fits the bill as a destruction film and no, it’s not a destruction film just because Nicholas Cage is the lead. Knowing is dark, depressing, and not very fun, but lots of stuff goes boom so there’s that. I don’t think this film was quite as bad as the critics said it was, but it definitely wasn’t a success. Even though Nicolas Cage is the lead actor, Knowing is not a complete failure. In the final scene, a solar flare just OBLITERATES Earth and it looked incredible. Hats off to the director for pulling off such a realistic scene. It would be an understatement to say that Earth was charred to a crisp (similar to everything my Dad puts on a grill). Side note, who wouldn’t want to see New York City erased from existence?
5. Man of Steel
Before you guys criticize me, let me explain. Man of Steel is clearly a film that fits in the end of the world category. The fate of the planet is clearly at stake throughout MOS. Don’t believe me? Just re-watch the final hour in a half, tell me I’m wrong. The world engines that General Zod brought to Earth ripped through the planet like Batman v Superman ripped through my heart. If Superman had not saved the day, the world engines would have done a lot of damage. On a final note, Zack Snyder is a threat to the survival of this planet and the happiness of the people that inhabit it.
Well there you have it, that’s my top 5 Earth destruction films in honor of Earth Day! Be sure to checkout some of our other posts, and follow us on email/twitter/wordpress!