Hollywood: How to survive the end of the world
In the weekend of the Oscars, millions are glued to their screens awaiting the much-coveted awards. Once a film becomes popular, the genre is often copied by others. In recent years, the human race has become more enamoured with the idea of the end of the world. With people insisting they have seen intelligent life, global warming on the rise and the extreme surge in ‘zombie-mania’ it’s no wonder Hollywood jumped at the chance to exploit it. So, if you want to learn all the best ways (according to Hollywood) to survive under these extreme circumstances then stick around.
First, we will be looking at the dos and don’ts of alien invasions through the Hollywood film ‘Independence Day’. A blockbuster hit released in 1996 with a gross of $817.4 million worldwide. In this film an alien mother-ship enters the atmosphere deploying 36 ships to all the major cities.
Hollywood survival tip 1: don’t be a civilian
One of the major survival techniques used in many films, for the millions of civilians is evacuations. However, this proves fruitless in this film as the evacuation is announced too late and many if not all of the civilians die as the main characters survive on air force one.
Hollywood survival tip 2: never go nuclear
In most alien films the nuclear option is never a good choice. No one wants to start a ‘war of the worlds’. However, in most invasion films there is a burly looking general who is set on releasing the nuclear missiles and ‘blowing those aliens out of the sky’. In this film, as is the case in many invasion films, the nuclear option doesn’t work. And leaves the alien ship undamaged and just plain pissed off.
Now, to tackle the end of the world through global warming with the help of Hollywood survival film 2012. One of the highest grossing films of 2009, it follows a science-fiction writer father and his family as they try and escape the impending doom of global warming.
Hollywood survival tip 3: build an ark. (Seriously)
In this film the main plot is about survival, which is true to form for a disaster movie. However, the use of an ark built by the government seems outdated. You would have thought that the greatest military and scientific minds in the world would do better. even just an ark that would not be destroyed coming into contact with Mount Everest (the heart wrenching climax of the film…).
Survival during a zombie apocalypse might seem strait forward. Don’t get bitten… Don’t die… but if these Hollywood films are anything to go by, it’s a lot more complex than that. Take the movie Zombie land, a huge critical and commercial success; grossing more than $60.8 million in 17 days through its combination of comedy and horror.
Hollywood survival tip 4: don’t trust pretty girls.
At the beginning of the film the leading man stumbles upon two girls one young one older. They convince him the younger girl has been bitten and wants him to ‘end it’. This ends up just being an elaborate ploy to steal everything from him, and it works.
Hollywood survival tip 5: no loud noises.
If you are an avid zombie movie enthusiast, then you will be aware of this simple but vital trick. In this film the pair of girls end up at an amusement park and decide to turn on all the rides. Only to find the zombies are attracted to the sound and there trapped on the ride. It all culminates in the boys coming back to save them and the boy getting the girl etc. However, the message prevails. If you find yourself surrounded by zombies; try to stay quiet.