APOCALYPTICISM IN FILM 🎞
I needed an arts and humanities elective, so I decided to take apocalypticism in film. I haven't seen any of these films, so I'm going to add what I thought of each movie from the required list my professor just sent out as I watch them.
- •The Book of Eli, Directors Albert and Allen Hughes (2010) (118 minutes)An interesting film, better than I expected it to be after watching the trailer. It's definitely not something I'd pick to watch but I did somewhat enjoy it. There was a lot of underlying stuff that I definitely didn't notice until after we discussed it in class.
- •The Seventh Seal (Swedish: Det sjunde inseglet), Director Ingmar Bergman (1957) (96 minutes)A Swedish film with English subtitles. It definitely was an older film, and I feel like watching this in class with people's reactions to certain scenes was more fun than if I had watched it on my own. I didn't like it as much as the first film we watched but it wasn't terrible. I feel like I should probably read an analysis of it or something though because it was kind of all over the place or maybe I missed something in the subtitles when I was taking notes.
- •The Day the Earth Stood Still, Director Robert Wise (1951) (92 minutes)Probably my favorite film so far. Not many of the other people in the class I talked to liked it though so I think it's just because I'm a piece of trash when it comes to old sci-fi stuff.
- •Apocalypse Now, Director Francis Ford Coppola (1979) (theater version; 153 minutes)This film was a bit much for me, I definitely wouldn't want to see it more than once. It was kind of unnerving to see war represented in such a unsanitized (is that the word? Raw maybe?) way. I don't really know how to describe it but I didn't like the feeling it left with me when it was over.
- •Smoke Signals, Director Chris Eyre (1998) (89 minutes)This movie was actually pretty good, or at least more entertaining and not as much of a "end of the world" apocalypse type movie. Also they were going to Arizona, which is where I am from, so I spent the whole time hoping I'd recognize something... I didn't. I don't think they actually filmed in AZ.
- •Independence Day, Director Roland Emmerich (1996) (145 minutes)Every cheesy end of the world scene ever was in this movie. Every. Single. One. (Or maybe this movie is where all those corny scenes started from). It was okay, but I wouldn't watch it more than once.
- •Blade Runner, Director Ridley Scott (final cut version; 1982) (117 minutes)There were so many things about this film that I didn't like. It was an interesting idea, having humans create other "humans" to bring up questions about what was and wasn't okay with AI, but I felt like there was some other stuff in the film that didn't sit well with me.
- •Planet of the Apes, Director Franklin J. Schaffner (1968) (112 minutes)A decent film, a bit frustrating at times (come on, just let the guy talk!). I was surprised that the costumes for the apes were that good for a movie that was released in 1968. Although the arm of the Statue of Liberty would have definitely not still be up (if I remember correctly you used to be able to go to the torch. It you can't now because there was an issue with the arm actually moving down from the weight).
- •28 Days Later, Director Danny Boyle (2002) (113 minutes)The number of things that the people did in this movie that could have prevented something from going wrong was outrageous. Scientist tells you something is infected with a virus called "Rage" and that you definitely should not open the cage? Open it anyways. Ominous dark tunnel? Yeah that looks fine we'll drive through that. Abandoned gas station building filled with bodies? I'll go in alone. Sketchy military base that has clearly been invaded? Nah, we're good.