The idea of the end of the world was one of the most powerfulFrom the very beginning of human history. It was on the basis of fear of the inevitable universal end that all sorts of religions and philosophical teachings were built.
These fatal stories in myths, legends and ancient prophecies invariably enjoyed great popularity among the masses.
It's no wonder that with the development of the film industry, a huge number of paintings have appeared, showing large-scale cataclysms and destruction.
End of the world due to a collision of the Earth with someSpace body is the most relevant and likely version, according to the creators of films of this category. "The night of the comet" in 1984 from Tom Eberhardt, perhaps the only one of its kind, Here the planet is invited to encounter a comet. In other cases, the directors send asteroids and large meteors to the Earth, which can destroy all life on the planet or a large part of it: "Asteroid" 1997, "Collision with the abyss" 1998, "3 days" 2008.
It is worth mentioning Armageddon 1998 With Bruce Willis in the title role. If earlier nothing was done in the films to save humanity, and the threat of a global scale was either met or resolved by itself, in Armageddon the protagonist not only tries to save the whole world, he sacrifices himself and yet blows up the hated asteroid.
Melancholy 2011 Lars von Trier's film is a catastrophe, but not in the usual sense of the viewer. The planet is moving to the Earth, there is no time, but in the soul of two heroines raging passions worse than the approaching end of the world.
"Hell" 2007 Narrates about the threat from space of another kind - the Sun has exhausted its resources and it urgently needs to explode again. The "Sign" of 2009 is the only film in which the end of the world is really shown. Solar activity is increasing and soon all life on the planet will burn or evaporate, the Earth will become a lifeless desert, but this scenario has already been worked out by the higher intelligence: Adam and Eve climb from the dying planet at the very last moment a moment before the catastrophe.
In this category of films, directors offerPeople fight with hordes of evil aliens, to whom the Earth stands across the throat. Classics of the genre - "Independence Day" in 1996 - an analog of "Armageddon" from Roland Emmerich. Also with such a plot you can watch the movies "Skyline" in 2010, "Sea Battle" in 2012, "Pacific Frontier" 2013 from Guillermo del Toro and "Oblivion" 2013 with Tom Cruise in the title role. The 2005 War of the Worlds, shot by Steven Spielberg, based on the novel by Herbert Wells, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 2005 and The Day the Earth Stood Still in 2008, will appear unconventional in this respect. In the last aliens they decide to destroy the Earth because of human cruelty, thirst for wars and violence, but at the end earthlings persuade an alien to put off the end of the world and give the world one more chance.
In the series of films "Transformers", mankind will become observers of how two warring clans of non-biological alien life fight for the existing world or its complete destruction.
In recent years, scientists often talk about theoryPeriodicity of catastrophes, the mystery lies not in asteroids or aliens, but in its very nature. It is this fact that is taken as the basis for the shocking films "Disaster" of 2004 and "2012" of 2009 by Roland Emmerich. No matter how scolded this director for the antiscientificness of his paintings, it is still recognized that large-scale destruction is better for him than for others.
A separate line is the "Phenomenon" of 2008 M. Knight Shyamalan, he offers a truly amazing version of the end of the world: all wildlife rebelled against people and decided to destroy mankind by poisoning it with poisonous fumes that cause "epidemics" of suicides. But in the film "Earth core" in 2003, people try to delay the Apocalypse independently, by re-launching the core of the Earth.
Zombies, ghosts and Satan
That's where the real rampage and variety of fantasyFilmmakers. In films where the zombie apocalypse is the key idea, humanity dies almost completely in a very short time, and the survivors only fight with the armies of monsters. Recommended for viewing the classic from George Romero "Night of the Living Dead" in 1968 and "Dawn of the Dead" in 1978, as well as the self-titled 2004 film Zach Snyder, "28 days later" 2002, "28 weeks later" 2007 ., The whole series "Resident Evil" with Milla Jovovich, "Carriers" in 2008, "War of the Worlds Z" 2013 and others. However, mankind and without zombies, asteroids and aliens can arrange an end to the world. By creating an artificial intelligence or unleashing a nuclear war.
All the "Matrices" and "Terminators" warn humanity that it does not give cars too much, otherwise a soulless computer can accidentally get into a frenzy and then a person will no longer need it.
The Japanese horror film of 2001 from Kiyoshi Kurosawa"Pulse" in 2001 and his American remake of 2006 tell us about the capture by ghosts of the living world with the help of a best friend of a person - a mobile phone and the Internet. "The End of the World" 1999 - the classic Apocalypse from Christian prophecies. The coming of Antichrist, the ancient predictions and the fight against evil is what Arnold Schwarzenegger's hero will have to face in order to postpone the Day of Judgment.