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Zombies, diseases, wars and natural disasters, here’s the winning cocktail to make a movie based in a post-apocalyptic world. The JV editorial team invites you to discover 9 of these films available on Netflix.
- Welcome to zombie land
- It’s the end
- I am Legend
- The hungry
- love and monsters
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- Mortal Engines
- The bad batch
Welcome to zombie land
Welcome to zombie land (2009) is a comedy, directed by Ruben Fleischer and starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone, that parodies traditional zombie movies and series. Two men immerse themselves in a world full of living words. One is impulsive while the other is a real wimp. On their way, they meet two survivors, Little Rock and Wichita. Navigating this adventure is more complicated than facing a horde of the living dead. This is the director’s first film to be heavily inspired by Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (2004). The original script was intended as a pilot for a future series before being adapted into a feature film. This film was eligible for a sequel in 2019, Return to Zombieland.
Directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, starring Martin Freeman (The Hobbit Trilogy by Peter Jackson), Anthony Hayes and Caren Pistorius, charge chronicles the journey of Andy and his baby as they search for a safe person to raise him. Problem, the world is infested with zombies and since he’s infected himself, he only has 48 hours before he transforms. The film is a remake of the two directors’ short film of the same name and pays homage to the film The Road by John Hillcoat. Critics praised Martin Freeman’s interpretation and the emotional depth of the work. Cargo premiered at the Adelaide International Film Festival in Australia.
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It’s the end
It’s the end is a comedy directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg about how the apocalypse ruined a Christmas party. We find James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Lichale Cera or even Emma Watson, all gathered for this famous evening, interpreting their own roles. This is the directors’ first feature film, which was inspired by Jason Stone’s 2007 short film Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypse. Both the actors and the directors continue the parody approach with sometimes cheesy special effects to the end, making the result hilarious and crazy. Several other actors and/or celebrities were approached to star in the film, including Edward Norton and Daniel Radcliffe.
I am Legend
I am Legend is a film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. While a virus has ravaged the human species, Robert Neville is the only one immune. He goes in search of potential survivors, but all he finds are infected mutant-like creatures roaming New York City. Then he has an idea to contain the disease thanks to his blood. This is the third film adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel of the same name, following Vincent Price’s The Last Man on Earth in 1964 and Boris Sagal’s The Survivor in 1971. A sequel is planned, again starring Will Smith and Michael B. Jordan . This adaptation project had been in the closets since the ’90s and was entrusted in particular to Ridley Scott, Rob Bowman and Michael Bay.
The hungry tells how a Quebec village is forced to survive and unite in the face of a zombie invasion. Unfortunately, the survivors are rare and must sink into the forest to hope to stay alive. It is directed by Robin Audert and stars Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri and Brigitte Poupart. The director names Robert Bresson and Andreï Tarkovski as his two main influences. The Hungry won Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture.
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love and monsters
Directed by Matthew Robinson, Brian Duffield and starring Dylan O’brien (Teen Wolf, Maze Runner), Jessica Henwick (Defenders, Matrix Resurrections) and Michael Rooker, love and monsters follows Joel Dawson, a survivor of the apocalypse. What’s left of humanity now lives underground due to an invasion of giant monsters. Joel, thinking back, has his high school girlfriend and decides to come out from underground to find her despite the dangers that await him. The film, in production since 2012, is described as a post-apocalyptic Mad Max-Welcome to Zombieland-esque film with a John Hughes-esque love story. It was nominated for the 2021 Oscars in the Best Visual Effects category.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road is the fourth part of a saga that has been missing from cinemas for almost 30 years. Directed by George Miller, the film follows Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson as Max. In the near future, the war over water and oil has devastated the world. Max is a loner captured by Immortan Joe’s hordes. Shortly thereafter, Empress Furiosa fled with the tyrant’s breeders. An epic chase ensues in the heart of the desert. Given the immense success of this fourth work, a spin-off and several sequels are planned. The film was a success. At the 88th awards, he won six Oscars, including Best Set, Best Sound, Best Editing and Best Costume Design.
By Christian Rivers starring Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan and Hugo Weaving, Mortal Engines tells how humanity adapted after the apocalypse. Cities have become mobile and are fighting for power. Tom Natsworthy, who hails from the lower class of nomadic London, meets Hester Shaw, a runaway. Mortal Engines is the adaptation of Philip Reeve’s novel Fatal Mechanics which was published in 2001. Peter Jackson was chosen to direct, but due to his other projects (The Hobbit) Christian Rivers took over the project. Despite this, he produced and partly wrote the film.
The bad batch
The bad batch is a film directed by Ana Lily Amir and starring Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Keanu Reeves (Matrix, John Wick), but also… Jim Carrey. A woman finds herself alone in a desert populated by drug addicts and cannibals. Still, hope remains when she joins forces with powerful allies. The film was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 73rd edition of the Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. This is the second film from the director, who says she was inspired by Robert Zemeckis’s The Green Diamond, starring Michael Douglas.
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