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Aliens, rapture, robots: Hollywood takes on the apocalypse

The end of the world comes to Hollywood this summer, with movies ranging from big-budget adventures to indie comedies putting their twist on the apocalypse.

The end of the world once again comes to Hollywood’s big screens this summer with everything from big-budget action adventures to indie comedies putting their twist on the apocalypse.

Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, started the trend last week. Set in 2077, it follows the last humans as they prepare to find a new home on another planet. “There’s an innate fascination with thinking about what life would be like after we’re gone,” said the film’s director, Joseph Kosinski.

June and July will bring M Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, the comedy This Is The End, the zombie film World War Z and the robots-versus-aliens adventure Pacific Rim. The British comedy The World’s End, about childhood friends who become mankind’s only hope for survival after a trip to the pub, opens in August.

Bob Thompson, a professor at Syracuse University, said the trend may reflect a sense of insecurity among Americans, particularly about the economy, the environment and political gridlock.

“The metaphor for the end of the world is simply an exaggerated story that deals with the same feelings,” Thompson said.

Social insecurity is at the core of Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which puts a comic-book spin on the end of the world with epic robot-monster battles.

Del Toro said the film reflected larger social concerns and fragility, including “global economic collapse, war and terrorism everywhere”. Reuters

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