The Mayan prophecy about the end of the world has been no more than another joke. Some scientists from Cambridge think “that developments in human technology may soon pose new, extinction-level risks to our species as a whole”, so they have decided to create the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk. That’s a real project but it’s also a good name for a movie, but it doesn’t exist. Yet.
At the moment, cinema has taken advantage of the idea of the end of the world to fulfill screens with apocalyptic movies. Those are some of them coming soon and I want to watch them all.
Oblivion. Some decades after a huge war, humans return to study the planet Earth, now full of debris. A man (Tom Cruise), who loves a tiny survivor plant (like a Wall-e) discovers that not everything is what it looks.
After Earth. A 1.000 years after humans are extinct from Earth a man and his son crash against our planet. Now Earth has a new life and it doesn’t want humans to live here again.
Pacific Rim. A huge monster attacks San Francisco, but it is only the beggining of the end.
Nebulus. “After Earth’s destruction, an interplanetary expedition team exploring a desolate new world find themselves prey to a species of carnivorous humanoid creature”. Once again, by the way.
The Inclination: Zombie Invasion. An apocalyptic war starts between zombies and humans. A small group of people try to survive as the world falls into anarchy and mayhem. Who is to win? Surprise!
It’s a fact that creativity in the movies is dead. Not only in the American industry, but specially.
There are some ways to dodge this problem: a remake (the 13th version of Wuthering Heights) , a sequel (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), the sequel of a remake (Wrath of the Titans), a prequel ([REC]3 Genesis) , a best-seller adaptation (The hunger games), to split a movie into two parts (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) and the extended version (Avatar).
All of them have a problem: they require to work, sometimes a bit and other times a little bit more. Now, the industry has found a better way to get money, doing absolutely nothing but buying a software (and maybe hiring a junior to use it) that changes a 2D movie into a 3D movie. Et voila! You got something new. Really? No. But if someone pays for it, it’s money for nothing.
James Cameron asserts that his intentions (for Titanic in 3D) are “to use the conversion process to create a movie that has the same depth of field it might have if he had been able to shoot the movie in 3D originally”. Well, maybe that’s true, but nobody else is like Cameron. There are many other titles that are just a botch: Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Star Wars, Jurassic Park (next July) and Top Gun (probably this year 2012).
Once 3D versions are released they are not at the top of the Box Offices, but who cares? Receiving some more millions of dollars, years after you have recouped the whole money you invested, it’s what I call a real find.