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Top 10: Post Apocalyptic #2

12.04.2009by: Matt Withers
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With THE ROAD finally dropping this past weekend, and THE BOOK OF ELI on the way, it seems like the joys of a post-apocalyptic wasteland are getting some due again. And why not? You usually get something akin to a Western, but with all sorts of options for dystopic sci-fi baddies instead of just plain ole desperados and such. Pretty damn good combo.

I have to say I was surprised at how difficult it was to narrow this list down. Just a few of the early possibilities that didn't make the list are TANK GIRL, THE OMEGA MAN, SILENT RUNNING, A BOY AND HIS DOG and HARDWARE. But hell, it's been fun wrestling this down to ten.

Hope you enjoy this look back at some of our bleakest futures, and if your fav doesn't make it then don't go nuclear, just spit bullets below.

READ PART 1 OF THIS LIST HERE

WARNING - THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT BELOW!

5. REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA


I'm glad REPO has been steadily chugging along and gaining a strong cult following, because being a fan of horror and musicals, I was obviously thrilled when this was announced, but at times felt like I was the only one. The set up is great - a mass epidemic of organ failures has forced most of the world's population to get organs on layaway or die. Of course, if you miss a payment, the organ gets repo'd, with no regard for the fact that it's still in your body. Just bloody good fun and flat Shakespearian in it's machinations.

4. THE BLOOD OF HEROES


I dare any sports fan to watch this movie and not want to become a jugger. This is the bleakest landscape since a certain famous Aussie character, and it's used in the service of one of the bloodiest, most awesome fictional sports ever conceived. And the cast? Rutger Hauer, Delroy Lindo, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Joan Chen. Yeah, awesome!

3. THE MATRIX


In the war between men and machines we don't seem to come out very well in most cases. Even though the sequels were a major let down, and a peace of sorts eventually gets worked out, this is a typical scorched earth type story, that is anything but typical. The pure visual ballsiness of this will be etched in the mind of fanboys and girls for the rest of their lives. We'd never seen anything like it. And even though some of the concepts have been used again, nothing has matched story, style and execution the way THE MATRIX did.

2. THE ROAD WARRIOR


Of the three MAD MAX films, THE ROAD WARRIOR is the strongest by far. Our ultimate lone wolf anti-hero is well developed, given a chance to do something good with his life again, and in the meantime we get lots of insane bloody action. This is a classic look at the problem with humanity. No matter the time, no matter the situation, there will always be battles over resources. Some more flamboyant than others, but people want stuff enough to kill for it, even when the world has turned to shite.

1. PLANET OF THE APES


So this is an outstanding film without the "shock" ending. That's why it launched a billion sequels (by rough count). It's a great piece of entertainment that also tackles racism, sexism, and speciesism amongst other heavy issues. Anchored by the great Charlton Heston we get an amazing film that is all the more impressive because we have no idea it's a post-apocalyptic flick until the end of the movie. Hello Statue of Liberty. We'll ignore the idiotic ending to Burton's mediocre remake.

READ PART 1 OF THIS LIST HERE

Got a Top 10 idea? Hit me up at mattwithers@joblo.com
Source: AITH

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4:06PM on 12/04/2009
I haven't seen The Blood Of Heroes either, or Repo. But I like the other choices they make sense too. Mad Max and The Road Warrior rock hard, but I understand your choice, and Planet of the Apes is such a classic. I am digging this list Matt! More dry dumps for you haha
I haven't seen The Blood Of Heroes either, or Repo. But I like the other choices they make sense too. Mad Max and The Road Warrior rock hard, but I understand your choice, and Planet of the Apes is such a classic. I am digging this list Matt! More dry dumps for you haha
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3:48PM on 12/04/2009

REPO!!

Finally, someone has the balls to say they liked REPO! Every person I've tried explaining it to looks at me like I'm some crazy asshole. Great list, BTW.
Finally, someone has the balls to say they liked REPO! Every person I've tried explaining it to looks at me like I'm some crazy asshole. Great list, BTW.
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12:36PM on 12/04/2009
I've never see THE BLOOD OF HEROES. Sounds like a great time! Will seek it out. Good list overall, my choices would have been different (Mad Max Part 1 would have been in there) but all valid choices...
I've never see THE BLOOD OF HEROES. Sounds like a great time! Will seek it out. Good list overall, my choices would have been different (Mad Max Part 1 would have been in there) but all valid choices...
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12:48PM on 12/04/2009
You'll love it. Pretty much a film that was made for you.
You'll love it. Pretty much a film that was made for you.
2:26PM on 12/04/2009
Am SOLD Matt! SOLD!
Am SOLD Matt! SOLD!
3:02PM on 12/04/2009
I caught this On Demand earlier this year. Had some time to kill! I had no idea what it was but found it to be a neat little movie. It has a low budget feel to it but on the flip side I swear I could taste the dust of the wastelands and smell the stench of the underground.
I caught this On Demand earlier this year. Had some time to kill! I had no idea what it was but found it to be a neat little movie. It has a low budget feel to it but on the flip side I swear I could taste the dust of the wastelands and smell the stench of the underground.
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