So, depending on who and what you believe, the world is ending tomorrow. That's right: Judgment Day arrives on May 21, 2011, so if you've got anything left on your bucket list that you're really hoping to scratch off, well… now's the time to do it.
Of course, the world isn't really ending tomorrow. I hope not, at least. But if it does, you better start praying to your deity of choice that you've seen enough post-apocalyptic movies to get you through whatever horrible bloodbath is coming our way if you want to stand a chance at survival.
In case you haven't seen many world-ending films, click past the jump and get the lowdown on the five essential movies you need to see to survive Doomsday. After all, it's still Friday — you've got all day to brush up on your post-apocalyptic movie know-how before the real thing comes your way tomorrow!
"Armageddon" & "Deep Impact"
Separate movies but bearing similar messages, "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact" both center on massive asteroids heading straight for the Earth with no apparent relief in sight. If meteors are coming our way tomorrow, well, let's hope we've already got Bruce Willis and a crack staff of oil drillers up there solving the problem. If not, do as Tea Leoni did: make peace with your father, stand by the nearest beach and accept your tidal wave fate as it washes all over you.
"Dawn of the Dead"
When there's no more room in hell, the dead shall walk the earth. And when the dead start walking the earth, it's time to take over your nearest shopping mall and turn it into your very own post-apocalyptic paradise. "Dawn of the Dead" will show you the do's and don'ts of how to survive Doomsday in style. Do as Peter does and avoid Roger's arrogance and you'll most certainly have this thing by the A.
Mel Gibson headlined this post-apocalyptic series about a world where law has broken down and given way to total chaos. I don't expect that skintight leather-wearing motorcycle gangs are going to be the biggest threat if the world ends tomorrow, but the swift dissolution of civilization and societal niceties is a virtual certainty come Judgment Day. For that reason, "Mad Max" is required viewing if you want to get some tips on how to be a badass and make sure that no one messes with you whatsoever when the Rapture hits.
In "The Road," Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee star as a father and son who struggle to survive through the scorched landscape of America, doing their best to find any remaining shreds of humanity. Sadly, it doesn't look like there's much to be found. The real takeaway from this one, should Judgment Day arrive tomorrow, is that sticking with your loved ones is a good idea. The end of the world isn't pleasant; it's dangerous, it's bloody, and it's mostly uninhabitable. But if you're going to try and stick it out, best to do it with the people you love the most — they'll keep the fire in you, as much as they can.
"Terminator 2: Judgment Day"
You know the drill: man builds Skynet, Skynet becomes self-aware, man tries to disconnect Skynet, Skynet gets pissed and destroys mankind via nuclear armageddon and builds a robot army to keep the survivors in line. Pretty much the worst case scenario. The good news is we already survived the "Terminator" apocalypse — just ask Joe Morton!
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