The idea of the end of the world was one of the most powerfulthe controls from the beginning of human history. It is based on fear of imminent universal end built various religious and philosophical teachings.
These fatal stories in myths, legends and ancient prophecies have always enjoyed great popularity among the masses.
Not surprisingly, the film industry with the development of a huge number of pictures showing large-scale disasters and destruction.
End of the world due to the collision of Earth with anycosmic body is most relevant and likely version, according to the creators of the films in this category. "Night of the Comet" in 1984 by Thom Eberhardt, perhaps the only one of its kind, because here the planet are invited to encounter with the comet. In other cases, the directors sent to Earth asteroids and large meteors that may destroy all life on the planet, or most of it, "Asteroid" 1997 "Deep Impact", 1998, "3 days" in 2008.
We should also mention "Armageddon" in 1998 with Bruce Willis in the lead role. Earlier in the film for the salvation of mankind is nothing special is done, and the threat of global proportions either accomplished or absorbable in itself, in "Armageddon," the protagonist is not just trying to save the whole world, he sacrifices himself and still blows hated asteroid.
"Melancholia" in 2011 Lars von Trier's disaster movie, but not in the conventional sense of the viewer. By moving the Earth planet already there, but in the soul of the two heroines are raging passion terrible impending end of the world.
"Sunshine" in 2007 It tells about the threat of a different kind of space - Sun exhausted its resources and its urgent need to re-explode. "The Omen" in 2009 - the only film in which the end of the world really shows. Solar activity is increasing, and soon all life on the planet will burn or evaporate, the Earth would be a lifeless desert, but the higher mind, this scenario is already perfected Adam and Eve are collected from a dying planet to the very last moment for a moment before the crash.
In this category, director of the film offerpeople to fight the hordes of evil aliens, which the Earth is in the throat. Classics of the genre - "Independence Day" in 1996 - an analogue of "Armageddon" by Roland Emmerich. Also with a similar plot can watch movies, "Skyline" 2010, "Battleship", 2012, "Pacific Rim" in 2013 by Guillermo del Toro and "Oblivion" 2013 with Tom Cruise in the lead role. Non-standard in this regard seem "War of the Worlds" 2005, filmed by Steven Spielberg based on the novel by HG Wells, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" 2005 and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" in 2008. In the latter aliens decide to destroy the Earth due to human cruelty, lust for war and violence, but in the end convince earthlings alien to postpone the end of the world and give peace another chance.
In the series "Transformers" movies to humanity to become observers of both the existing world or the complete destruction of fighting two warring clan nonbiological alien life.
In recent years, scientists often talk about theoryfrequency of accidents, the mystery lies not in the asteroids or aliens, and in its very nature. This fact is taken as the basis for its stunning scale disaster movies "The Day After Tomorrow" in 2004 and "2012" in 2009 by Roland Emmerich. No matter how abused this director of the anti-science of his paintings, it is worth nevertheless acknowledged that the scale of destruction had obtained better than the other.
A separate line is "Phenomenon" 2008 M. Night Shyamalan, it offers truly amazing version of the end of the world: all the wildlife rebelled against the people and decided to destroy humanity, poisoning his poisonous fumes that cause the "epidemic" of suicides. But in the movie "The earth's core" 2003 people are trying to delay the Apocalypse yourself by running again the Earth's core.
Zombies, ghosts and Satan
That's where the real riot of imagination and diversityfilmmakers. In the movies, where the key idea is a zombie apocalypse, mankind dies out almost completely in a very short time, and only surviving battle with the armies of monsters. Recommended for viewing classic from George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" in 1968 and "Dawn of the Dead" in 1978, as well as the eponymous film in 2004 Zack Snyder, "28 Days Later" in 2002, "28 Weeks Later" 2007 ., the entire series of "Resident evil" with Milla Jovovich, "media" 2008 "War of the worlds the Z" in 2013 and others. However, humanity and without zombies, aliens and asteroids can arrange a doomsday. By creating artificial intelligence, or unleashing a nuclear war.
All of "The Matrix" and "Terminator" warn humanity that it is not too much will give the machines, otherwise soulless computer may accidentally hit the ceiling and then the person it is no longer needed.
Japanese horror film in 2001 by Kiyoshi Kurosawa"Pulse" 2001 and its American remake of 2006 tell us about the world of live capture ghosts by means of man's best friend - the mobile phone and the Internet. "End of the World" in 1999 - a classic of the Christian Apocalypse prophecies. The arrival of the Antichrist, the ancient predictions and fight evil - this is what will encounter the hero Arnold Schwarzenegger to postpone the Day of Judgment.