After the flurry of films inspired by the destruction of the planet earth, the end of the human race, zombies and alien invasions, Hollywood shows its apocalyptic face on the future of the planet, with humor, suspense and action.
“There is an innate fascination of thinking about how life might be after we’re gone,” says Joseph Kosinski, director of the film “Oblivion” starring by Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. This film takes us to the year 2077, when Earth is invaded by aliens and ravaged by a plague of zombies.
Also, cinemas around the world prepare to upcoming films like “After Earth” directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Will Smith and his son. Additionally, the comedy “This Is the End”, the film about zombies “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” and the adventure that faces robots and aliens “Pacific Rim” directed by Guillermo del Toro, which reflects broad social concerns, such as “Global economic collapse, war and terrorism everywhere. ”
Bob Thompson pop culture professor at Syracuse University (USA), explains that this apocalyptic fever reflects insecurity among Americans, particularly on the economy, the environment and political stalemate. “Americans have a sense of ‘end of the world’ (…). Our civilization is decadent, Congress can not make decisions (…). The doomsday metaphor is simply an exaggerated story that deals with the same feelings, “said Thompson.