This week sees the return of the post apocalyptic movie in the form of animation picture 9, which is produced by Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov.
The time is the too-near future. Powered and enabled by the invention known as the Great Machine, the world's machines have turned on mankind and sparked social unrest, decimating the human population before being largely shut down.
But as our world fell to pieces, a mission began to salvage the legacy of civilization; a group of small creations was given the spark of life by a scientist in the final days of humanity, and they continue to exist post-apocalypse.
With their group so few, these "stitchpunk" creations must summon individual strengths well beyond their own proportions in order to outwit and fight against still-functioning machines, one of which is a marauding mechanized beast.
So to celebrate the release of 9, which features Elijah Wood, Christopher Plummer and Jennifer Connelly lending their voices to the characters, we take a look at some of the best.
- I Am Legend
This is the third adaptation of Richard Matheson's apocalypse novel following The Last Man on Earth in 1964 and The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston, just seven years later.
Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a military scientist and possibly the last human survivor after a cure for cancer turned into a deadly virus.
The virus killed most of the world's population when it became airborne but turned as small number of humans into a zombie like state allergic to sunlight.
Everyday he roams the city looking for food, visiting the video store and sending out radio transmissions to see if anyone else is still alive.
The deserted streets of Manhattan create an eerie backdrop with frequent bursts of action and gun fire to shatter the quiet. But it's when the creatures come out of the shadows that this movie takes a turn for the worse.
- Mad Max
Hard to believe that Mad Max was released back in 1979, yes a whopping thirty years, back when Mel Gibson actually made good movies! Oh come on it's been a while.
Rebel bikers combat the police in a bleak post-nuclear future where the highways are bloody battlegrounds. When a gang of motorcyclists brutally murder a policeman's family he becomes Mad Max, avenger of the highways.
The movie was a major success and had a lasting impact on apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction ever since. Two more movies were made and released throughout the eighties.
- Terminator Salvation
While there had always been hints of the terrible future awaiting John Connor throughout the terminator series this year's fourth instalment Terminator Salvation made that future a reality.
John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future that Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row.
Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
Despite Christian Bale leading the cast the film failed to win over the critics but it did go on to gross over $371 million.
Filmmaker McG has hinted that there could possibly be a sequel!
- Escape From New York
Released in 1989 and starring Kurt Russell Escape From New York, which was directed by John Carpenter, gave cinema one of it's greatest anti-heroes.
But in the 1981 science fiction action movie Manhattan Island has been converted into a maximum security prison. But Kurt Russell must go onto the island to find the President after Air Force One crashes having been offered a full pardon if he is successful.
And it's not just the action movie that has tackled this idea of living in a post apocalyptic world the animation genre has also been getting in on the action.
Wall-E, which was released last year, was released by Pixar and looked at the world after the human race had left it behind.
After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, Wall-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life (besides collecting knick-knacks) when he meets a sleek search robot named Eve.
Eve comes to realize that Wall-E has inadvertently stumbled upon the key to the planet's future, and races back to space to report her findings to the humans (who have been eagerly awaiting word that it is safe to return home). Meanwhile, Wall-E chases Eve across the galaxy.
Other movies that are set in the future include animation movies When the Wind Blows, which is the most depressing animation movie of all time, Akira, as well as the Living Dead series, Waterworld and 12 Monkeys.
9 is released 30th October
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