The Most Important Survival Movies (and TV Series) for your DVD Library
The Road (2009) - tale of a man and his son trying to survive by any means possible. The thing I like most about this movie is the real life complications the main characters are forced to deal with. Not only are they presented with the hardships that would befall anyone after a major disaster, but they handle moral dilemmas as well.
The Colony (TV Show/Series) - What would you do in the wake of a global catastrophe? Even if you survived it, could you survive the aftermath? The Colony puts together groups of unlikely people and drops them into a survival simulation meant to mimic what many of us fear may be what it may be like in the end of days. (Want to volunteer for the next Colony? Go to Metal Flowers the casting agency that is handling the new season applications and be sure to select the COLONY drop down at the top of the online form.)
Stephen King's 'The Stand' (TV Mini Series) - After the world is decimated by a man-made plague, a battle of literally Biblical proportions ensues between the survivors. Although the overall story line is biblical it does not force “religion” down your throat. Also it is important to note that like most book to movie adaptations the literary version is far superior but as a stand alone piece no other movie is going to get you thinking about preparation then this film. Set aside a few nights though, because this one is really, really, really long!
Jericho (TV Show/Series) - After a series of terrorist attacks leave the US in a state of disaster. A small Kansas town must come together to deal with a new reality.
The Trigger Effect (1996) - How tenuous is man's hold on civilization when survival becomes an issue? When the lights go out and stay out for several days, suburbanites Matthew and Annie learn the hard way that man is "by nature" a predatory creature. Matthew's long-time friend, Joe, happens by on the second day and a rivalry between the two friends simmers as Annie cares for her sick baby. When rumors of looting spread through the neighborhood, the two men buy a rifle for protection but Annie throws it in the pool. Later, that same night, Joe hears a prowler downstairs and awakens Matthew. They chase the stranger from the house and out into the street where a neighbor shoots him to death. No longer safe in their own home, they decide to drive to Annie's parents some 500 miles away. Before they reach their destination, more trouble comes their way when they stop to siphon gas from an abandoned car and discover the driver in the back seat... Is this what is meant by "man's inhumanity to man?"
The Book of Eli - A post-apocalyptic tale, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.
Red Dawn - is a 1984 American war film directed by John Milius and co-written by Milius and Kevin Reynolds. It stars Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Lea Thompson, C. Thomas Howell and Charlie Sheen. The film is set in an alternate 1980s in which the United States is invaded by the Soviet Union and its Latin American allies (specifically Cuba and Nicaragua). However, the onset of World War III is merely in the background and not fully elaborated. The story follows a group of American high school students who resist the occupation with guerrilla warfare, calling themselves Wolverines, after their high school mascot.
Cloverfield - A going-away party in Manhattan is interrupted when a mysterious monster of epic proportions launches an attack on New York City. With camcorder in hand, a small group of friends make their way out into the chaotic streets, scrambling to stay alive. Mike Vogel, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Michael Stahl-David, Odette Yustman and T.J. Miller star in this frenetic sci-fi thriller directed by Matt Reeves.
I Am Legend - Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.
127 Hours - A mountain climber becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive.
Night of the Comet - A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls to fight the evil types who survive. This movie allows us to “indulge” in what we would all like to do if we woke up and were the only people left on earth. An endless shopping spree is on every girls mind, regardless of what she will admit too, but what happens when the fun and games are all over?
Waterworld - In a future where the polar ice caps have melted and most of Earth is underwater, a mutated mariner fights starvation and outlaw "smokers," and reluctantly helps a woman and a young girl try to find dry land.
The Postman - Gordon Krantz survived the Doomwar only to spend years crossing a post-apocalypse United States looking for something or someone he could believe in again. Ironically, when he's inadvertently forced to assume the made-up role of a "Restored United States" postal inspector, he becomes the very thing he's been seeking: a symbol of hope and rebirth for a desperate nation. Gordon goes through the motions of establishing a new postal route in the Pacific Northwest, uniting secluded towns and enclaves that are starved for communication with the rest of the world. And even though inside he feels like a fraud, eventually he will have to stand up for the new society he's helping to build or see it destroyed by fanatic survivalists.
Into the Wild - After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.
Cast Away (2000) - A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.
2012 (2009) - An epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
The Day After Tomorrow - A climatologist tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming. He must get to his young son in New York, which is being taken over by a new ice age.
Lost (TV Show/Series) - is an American television series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) between 2004 and 2010, consisting of six seasons. Lost is a drama series that follows the lives of various individuals and groups of people, most importantly the survivors of the crash of a commercial passenger jet flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. The story is told in a heavily serialized manner. Episodes typically feature a primary storyline on the island, as well as a secondary storyline from another point in a character's life.
Deep Impact - Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive?
Independence Day - The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man's best weapon is the will to survive. With the recent closure of the SETI program do not dismiss this as too far from reality.
Armageddon - When an asteroid the size of Texas is headed for Earth the world's best deep core drilling team is sent to nuke the rock from the inside. More cinematic entertainment then survival prep, but good for psychological and emotional preparation and conditioning. I still cannot watch without crying.
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