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