While I also enjoy deep, thought-provoking films set during the apocalypse like The Road or humorous ones like Zombieland, what I love most are the nail-biting, hide-behind-my-pillow, action-packed thrillers set in the end times or apocalyptic worlds. These are my Top 5 faves!
5. WORLD WAR Z
Brad Pitt is our awesome leading man to find the cure for the zombie apocalypse. He shows his tender side as well as his badass skills fighting zombies.
There were scenes that had me curling into a ball on the couch.
And the airplane scene! Horrifying.
All in all, this was a great ride.
So, I ADORE Paul Bettany. He is beautiful in every role he’s in. (I love his deep-in-love role as Vision in the Marvel movies.) I wish he were in more lead roles. He was perfect as the outcast Priest in this movie, one of the many who hunt vampires in this apocalyptic world. This movie didn’t get much hype, but I thought it was mega-cool. Would love to see another set in this world.
Another awesome leading man, Will Smith carries the burden of killing the raging infected in abandoned New York. He balances between sanity and insanity. One of my favorite moments was when he lost it yelling at the mannequin he named Fred.
Oh! And the dog scene. WAAAAA!!!!
There were definitely the edge-of-your-seat moments that I loved in this one.
But what I loved most was the underlying message of hope and self-sacrifice for others. Such a great movie!
2. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Furiosa, baby! That’s all I need to say. She’s my hero, y’all.
Well, and Tom Hardy is stunning and absolutely perfect as Mad Max. Loved every second he was on the screen.
And while this one had an extra dose of insanity—complete with a flame-throwing guitarist named the Coma-Doof Warrior who led them into battle and epic car chases—it was ultimately about the will to survive and find a better life. I loved the girl power in this remake.
Again, what I loved most was that after all the mayhem and tragedy, there was still hope for a future for these people at the end.
1. 28 DAYS LATER
YESSS! From the opening scene where the delicious Cillian Murphy wakes up in the hospital and wanders around the abandoned London streets, I knew this was going to be epic. I wasn’t wrong!
Not only does this have the heart-pounding, run-for-your-life moments…
But there are scenes of human frailty, tenderness, and even love that make this my #1 apocalypse movie. And OH, when Cillian’s character gets his revenge on the men who took his girl and tried to kill him? That scene with the amazing song In a Heartbeat by John Murphy playing in the background…damn, it’s just EPIC. That is all.
And if you’re not seeing a pattern here, the apocalypse movies I love best have a happy ending. Or a hopeful one. (I can’t help it. I’m a romance author; we need our HEAs.) This one does, too.
Hope you enjoyed my list. I’d love to hear some of yours.
Anya—a stoic, blue-winged angelic warrior— was bitten by a demon prince in battle, and now she has precious little time to find a cure for his deadly venom. But the only archangel with the power to stop the dark poison from corrupting her body and soul is missing. She’ll have to trust her guide, the outcast high demon Dommiel, who is as handsome as he is dangerous if she has any hope.
An outcast of his own kind, high demon Dommiel stays under cover while the war between angels and demons rages on. But when the only person who ever showed him kindness asks for his help, he has no choice but to try to save the angel. Venturing back into the dens he has avoided for so long, Anya makes him want and feel things he never thought possible.
But Dommiel knows there is no way an angel can ever love a demon…
Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance–brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.