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2013 The Year of Post-Apocalyptic Movies

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published April 4th 2013
Sci-fi - the Genre of 2013 Movies
According to the rumours, the end of world was scheduled for 2012, but nothing has happened so far. Fortunately, Hollywood has designated 2013 as a a post-apocalyptic year featuring zombie invasions, aliens attacks and return journeys to a hostile Earth.

Oblivion (I)

It seems that at a certain point this year (probably around April 19th, when the movie will be released), a global war against the Scavs (some alien invaders) will break out. The good news is that humans will win this battle. The worst is that this war will destroy the planet, forcing the survivors to roost in huge floating cities, far above the clouds.

Oblivion - trailer screenshot

Sixty years later Jack Harper, (Tom Cruise) coming down to Earth to chase away the last jackals who are still lurking here and there, discovers that a part of his memory has been erased. Joseph Kosinski's original vision for this story was a graphic novel, but the Hollywood format seems to have seduced him after all. For Oblivion, the American movie director found his inspiration in the "science fiction films of the 1970s that involved this lone survivor among the ruins of civilization, like Omega Man or Silent Running", as Kosinski himself put it.

After Earth

Another post-apocalyptic story directed by M. Night Shyamalan will be released on June 5th. Featuring Will Smith (as General Raige Cypher) and Jaden Smith (as Kitai his son), After Earth provides us with an original vision on our planet. One thousand years after a cataclysm made humans leave Earth and take refuge on Nova Prime, the two heroes are caught in an asteroid storm and forced to land on this unfriendly planet.

Star Trek into Darkness

Four years after the reboot, which made the Star Trek franchise breathe some fresh air, J. J. Abrams delivers a direct sequel to his own history, presenting Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of apocalypse angel. Returning to their base, the Enterprise crew must face implacable terrorist forces within the organization. The enemy blew the fleet and plunged our world into chaos. Driven by vengeance, Captain Kirk launches into a thrilling adventure trying to capture the enemy a single man able to destroy the world. Our heroes enter a fatal game that threatens even the closest relationships and requires huge sacrifices.

Man of Steel

Featuring Hollywood names like Henry Cavill (Superman), Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Amy Adams (Lois Lane) and Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Man of Steel follows a young journalist's dilemma and his struggle to save the Earth his adoptive home. A once great civilization (the Krypton planet) collapses. Jor-El has just enough time to save his child and to give him a surviving pill. Once on Earth, the child is adopted by a family of American farmers. When our planet is invaded by the evil Krypton survivors, the hero is faced with a huge dilemma. How will he save our planet? Wait till June, when the movie will be released, to find out.

World War Z

Most of the world's population has turned into human flesh devouring creatures. Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) a UN employee makes it his personal goal to put an end to the Zombie pandemic that has become a real threat for humanity. Only in June we'll find out if Marc Forester has succeeded in bringing to the screen all the suspense Max Brooks enclosed in his book.


A movie directed by Neill Blomkamp (who also signs the screenplay) Elysium presents a vision of the Earth in 2159. According to Blomkamp, by then humanity will be divided into two main categories and not everyone will continue to live on the Earth. One of the social layers will populate a space station called Elysium (hence, the title of the movie). The less fortunate will continue to live on this planet, which by then will have finished its resources, and will have been almost completely destroyed.

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