We've ripped open the doors to the old bomb shelter beneath Digital Spy HQ and are getting ready for a special apocalypse-themed movie marathon. See below for our five recommendations for what to watch on December 21, 2012.
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Roland Emmerich destroyed the world in Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, but it's 2012 - a movie about this very day - that's his ultimate disasterpiece. John Cusack plays a sci-fi writer and part-time limousine driver who dodges mass destruction in a series of ludicrously escalating set pieces. 2012 is notable for its ID-4-beating White House sequence, which sends an aircraft carrier ploughing into the building thanks to a megatsunami.
Last Night (1998)
This low-key Canadian drama may not have the budget and scale to match Hollywood's apocalyptic epics, but it's an engaging and thought-provoking examination about how different people deal with the end of days. Don McKellar writes, directs and stars, while Sandra Oh, Sarah Polley and legendary filmmaker David Cronenberg feature in the cast. The recent Seeking a Friend for the End of the World owes a big debt to Last Night.
Dr Strangelove (1964)
Who thought the end of the world could be this funny? As Cold War tensions were running high in the '60s, Stanley Kubrick chose to make a mockery of it all with his comedy about the road to nuclear armageddon. Peter Sellers is at his most memorable as he takes on a trio of roles as the titular Strangelove, President Muffley and stiff-upper-lipped RAF man Lionel Mandrake.
If you're getting married, it's best to avoid picking a date that coincides with a giant planet colliding with Earth. Kirsten Dunst is the bride in question, Justine, as Lars von Trier puts his own inimitable spin on the cataclysmic event. Each character finds different ways to cope with their oncoming doom, but we were struck most by the pre-emptive suicide of Kiefer Sutherland's character - one exit strategy we could never envision Jack Bauer taking!
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
It's all very well watching movies about planet-wide destruction, but how do you survive in the scorched post-apocalyptic landscape? In George Miller's sequel to Mad Max, Earth is out of oil, total anarchy reigns, yet Mel Gibson's Max Rockatansky still roams wild with his V-8 and his trusty dog. Stick around long enough and you may even make it to the Thunderdome.
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