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Friday 13 July 2012, 13:10

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

There's a quirky little film out this week called Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. It got me thinking about other movies that depict the total extinction of the planet - what are your favourite final reckonings?

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    Comment number 1.

    You took Melancholia out of my mouth, and I guess you exclude Mars Attacks! for its upbeat ending, but have you seen Ferrara's latest 4:44: Last Day on Earth? Only caught the trailer, so that could be cheating, but that really does look great: Willem Dafoe on top form

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    Comment number 2.

    How about films where Earth is nearly destroyed too? I'm thinking Flash Gordon for starters.

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    Comment number 3.

    ... Not to mention the brilliant and crazy Korean classic Save the Green Planet, which managed to take every genre in, and Takashi Miike needs a mention. His yakuza movie Dead or Alive was mostly garbage, but it had a cracking ending in a duel when the lead cop pulled a nuclear grenade out from nowhere and destroyed the world. The Age of Stupid was terrifying too, and - if you're including TV series - try Threads

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    Comment number 4.

    well, although we never know if it gets destroyed, it is one of two possible outcomes to 'The Day the Earth Caught Fire', and while the world does not get blown up, 'The Road' is pretty much about the end of everything, albeit with a gram of hope at the very end. Even 'AI' presents us with a lifeless, frozen post human wasteland, albeit with the earth itself intact.

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    Comment number 5.

    I was surprised that Knowing had the courage to follow through on its premise. Some people are quite sniffy about it, but I think it's an underappreciated gem. But then again, I am absolutely and unhealthily besotted with Rose Byrne.


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