Top Hollywood Survival Movies and TV Shows
This is an UPDATE from a previous Blog Post. New Movies and TV Shows/Series, as well as current links have been inserted. I think with the events leading up to the Arab Spring, European Summer, and The American Fall people are inspired to get prepared for emergencies. While Hollywood doesn’t have nearly all, or the best, answers it isn’t the worst place to start.
Grab Your Popcorn and Start Watching…
The Road (2009)– The 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. In my opinion, one of the highest under-rated films in history.
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. Good luck!)
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 standalone piece no other movie is going to get you thinking about preparation like this film will. Set aside a few nights though, because this one is really, really, really long!
Jericho (TV Show/Series)- After a series of terrorist attacks leaves the United States in a state of disaster a small Kansas town must come together to deal with a new reality. With the increase of countries obtaining Nuclear Capability, Iran in-particular, this might very well be a future we are doomed to live out!
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. A great film from an entertainment standpoint, but also it is fantastic at pointing out the dangers one might encounter traveling once the Earth is destroyed.
Torchwood (TV Show/Series)- Torchwood follows the exploits of a small team of alien-hunters, who make up the Cardiff, Wales branch of the fictional Torchwood Institute, which deals mainly with incidents involving extraterrestrials. Its central character is Captain Jack Harkness, an immortal former con-man from the distant future who has lived on Earth since the 19th century; the character of Jack Harkness originally appeared in the series Doctor Who (2005). The occasional plot twist involving, or referencing, Modern Day Conspiracies allows for the audience to imagine how the world would be if the things that scare them most ever really did come to pass.
Torchwood: Children of Earth (TV Show/Series)- The plot of Torchwood: Children of Earth deals with aliens demanding the Earth's children, and a related earlier conspiracy; as such, Torchwood is pitted against the British government when it attempts to conceal its past actions and concede to the present-day aliens' demands. The series ignores the policy that says We Don’t Negotiate with Terrorists, but in the end everyone does and that is why we need a Real Life Torchwood. The point is that this could happen in some form in real life and it is important to have a plan in case it does.
Torchwood: Miracle Day (TV Show/Series)- One day, nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, but people keep aging and they get hurt and sick, still they never die. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It’s said that in four month's time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can’t be a natural event – someone’s got to be behind it. It’s a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking “What is Torchwood?", he’s drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever. If you ever wanted to know what the FEMA Camps might be used for, this series answers that question beyond any doubt.
Red Dawn- This 1984 American war 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. Truther’s always admire Charlie Sheen for his role in this movie and because of his fearless speeches regarding the 9/11 Truth Movement. Although it seems Alex Jones and Charlie Sheen are no longer as close as they once were, however Alex has told his audience on infowars and prisonplanet that his Prize Possession is the Wolverine Jacket Charlie Sheen wore in the movie. Charlie gave the jacket to Alex as a gift for helping him through a difficult time in his life.
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.
Pandemic (2007)- The bird flu virus spreads through Los Angeles as a doctor from the CDC races to find a vaccine. Too bad they don’t go into the dangers behind taking vaccines or the implantation of RFID chips through the vaccine vials specially made needles. They wouldn’t I suppose, being that finding a vaccine is the movies version of solving the problem.
Pandemic (2009)- Slow-paced, action thriller about a virus. The virus strikes a New Mexico county and the local veterinarian who gets caught in the middle. With a very quick response time to the infected county after a call was made to the Center Of Disease Control, the presence of the U.S. military has the locals thinking conspiracy theory. The vet must pair up with an eccentric rancher who has ideas of his own of what the government is up to, so they can expose the threat and save humanity.
Wrecked (2011)- A man trapped in a car wreck at the bottom of a ravine must overcome incredible odds 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 girl’s mind, regardless of what she will admit to, 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.
Contagion (2011)- The movie basically revolves around 2 stories in one of them a team ventures out to find a cure for the virus and the other story is about a man struggling to save his wife who is infected by the virus. The story also revolves around different places where the virus is prominently seen and a lot of people are suffering because of it. So basically in the end, the movie is all about answering a few questions like, Will the team successfully find a cure for the virus on time? Or will the human race face extinction once again?
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. Gives a great depiction of how someone may need to isolate themselves to survive.
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.
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. Although the character always seemed right on the edge his insistence on creating a structured life on the island is a message people should take with them to keep them sane in a survival situation.
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. Not likely to ever happen now that the US has No NASA Program to send humans into space.
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. This movies premise depends entirely on the world ending according to the Mayan Calendar. The portrayal of the “secret” arcs (bunkers) are similar to what is being built by the US Government as we speak!
The Day After Tomorrow- A climatologist tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming (climate change). He must get to his young son in New York, which is being taken over by a new ice age.
Lost (TV Show/Series)- 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 be chosen to 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 attempt to close the SETI program do not dismiss this as too far from reality.
You will also notice that although these are “survival” type movies no Alex Jones, Jason Bermas, Glenn Beck, or other well-known TV Host/Radio Personality turned Film Maker’s productions will be appearing in this list. This list concentrates on a more Hollywood Productions feel, and while I encourage everyone to watch movies like the ones that are profiled on sites like infowars and GBTV, they just don’t fit the theme this time around.
I know that many of you will disagree with the list, or find something that I have missed along the way, so I want to encourage you to add it in the comments below. Please leave descriptions and links if you have them as well. This list is being posted in no particular order however feel free to rate them in the comments below by giving them numbers, one (1) being your favorite and the largest number that you use being your least favorite. You can rate them all or choose to list only some of them, 1-10 or 1-20 for example.
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There is a total of Twenty-Eight (28) Films and/or TV Series profiled on this list of Hollywood Survival Movies and TV Shows. With the way Hollywood is pumping out these babies we might just see this list grow to over One Hundred (100) by the end of the year!
Do you have a good “Survival Movie Plot”? I would love to hear YOUR ideas on what type of Survival Movies and TV Shows that Hollywood should be making. Leave your ideas in the comments section below!
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