‘The Day the Earth Stood Still' is just the latest worldwide disaster headed our way

Sharon Hoffmann
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

This year began with an unknown force destroying New York City ("Cloverfield"), continued with "WALL-E" the robot toiling on a lifeless Earth and wound up with "The Day the Earth Stood Still."

And 2009 looks to be even more catastrophic. Bummer.

Why all this dooming and glooming? Are these films a reflection of the real world and its Big Problems?

Are more filmmakers using the bleakest situations to deliver a strong dose of humanity?

Or are movie studios simply seeking a strong dose of cash?

Regardless, here's how Hollywood plans to end life as we know it.


What: In a 1980s where Nixon is still president, superheroes try to save the world.

Who: Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman , Jeffrey Dean Morgan

When: March 6

"Monsters vs. Aliens"

What: A crew of mutant monsters must combat invading aliens bent on destroying the Earth.

Who: Voices of Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Stephen Colbert

When: March 27

"Terminator Salvation"

What: Most of humanity is obliterated in a nuclear holocaust, and the machines of Skynet want to finish the job.

Who: Christian Bale , Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard

When: May 22

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"

What: Megatron and his Decepticon gang try to take over the world. Again.

Who: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, John Turturro, Rainn Wilson

When: June 26


What: The Mayan doomsday calendar proves correct with volcanic eruptions, typhoons and other global cataclysms.

Who: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton

When: July 10

"The Road"

What: A father and son trudge through post-disaster devastation.

Who: Viggo Mortensen, Kodi Smit-McPhee , Charlize Theron

When: Sometime in 2009

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel"

What: A clear sign of the apocalypse.

Who: Voices of Jason Lee (perhaps) and Justin Long

When: Dec. 25, 2009





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