The 5 best TV shows and movies
If you enjoyed HBO’s “The Last of Us,” here are five TV shows and movies that you should watch for a similar experience: “The Walking Dead,” “28 Days Later,” “The Road,” “28 Days Later” (2002) and “I Am Legend.” Each of these productions explores themes of survival, humanity, and the human condition in a post-apocalyptic or dystopian world. They all tell the story of characters fighting to survive in a world that has been forever changed by a catastrophic event. Expect to see strong performances, gripping storylines, and impactful themes that will make you think about the world we live in. Whether it be zombies, pandemics, or societal collapse, these shows and movies will keep you on the edge of your seat.
- “The Walking Dead” (AMC) – a post-apocalyptic horror series that also deals with themes of survival and humanity in the face of a zombie outbreak.
- “The Road” (2009) – a post-apocalyptic film that explores the relationship between a father and son as they struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic environment following an unspecified disaster.
- “28 Days Later” (2002) – a horror film that deals with the aftermath of a zombie outbreak caused by a deadly virus.
- “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu) – a dystopian series that explores themes of oppression, resistance, and survival in a world where a totalitarian regime has taken control.
- “I Am Legend” (2007) – a post-apocalyptic film that deals with a lone survivor’s battle to survive in a world overrun by zombies.
The Walking Dead
This television show is based on the comic book series of the same name, written by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, based on the comic book series of the same name, written by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, produced by Frank Darabont. The series premiered on AMC in 2010 and ran for a total of 11 seasons, concluding in 2022.
The show follows a group of survivors, led by a police officer named Rick Grimes, as they navigate through a world overrun by zombies, known as “walkers”. The group is constantly on the move, searching for a safe place to call home while also dealing with the challenges of living under a world in which most people have been wiped out. Along the way, they encounter other survivors, some of whom become friends and allies, while others become enemies.
The series explores themes of survival, family, and the harsh realities of a world gone wrong. It also deals with the moral dilemmas that arise in such an extreme situation, and the ways in which people change and adapt to survive.
The Walking Dead was critically acclaimed and became one of the most popular and highest-rated shows on television during its run, drawing in a large and dedicated fanbase. It also spawned several spin-off series including The Walking Dead: World Beyond and Fear the Walking Dead.
The Road (2009)
“The Road” is a 2009 post-apocalyptic flick that was directed by John Hillcoat and starred Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The movie is based on the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. The story follows a father and his young son as they journey across a landscape blasted by an unnamed disaster that has destroyed most of civilization. They are on a dangerous quest to reach the coast in the hope of finding a better life. Along the way, they face starvation, cannibalism, and other dangers as they struggle to survive in a world without hope. The film explores themes of love, sacrifice, and the bonds of family, and is a story of survival in a world where all has been lost. The film was well-received by critics and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography.
One interesting thing about “The Road” is that the film’s production team made a conscious decision to not depict the cause of the apocalypse in the film. The novel by Cormac McCarthy also leaves the cause of the apocalypse open to interpretation, and the filmmakers decided to keep it that way in the film adaptation as well. This allows the audience to focus more on the characters’ struggles and emotions and less on the specifics of the disaster. The film also features a stark, gritty visual style that emphasizes the desolation and hopelessness of the world the characters inhabit. The cinematography and art direction have been praised for effectively conveying the feeling of a world that has been destroyed.
28 Days Later (2002)
28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The story takes place in Great Britain, where a group of animal rights activists unknowingly release a highly contagious virus that causes extreme rage and aggression in those infected. The virus quickly spreads and turns the majority of the population into violent “rage” infected individuals. The film follows the journey of Jim, a man who wakes up from a coma 28 days after the outbreak, and discovers that he is one of the few uninfected survivors left. He eventually joins a small group of other survivors and together they navigate the dangers of this new world and try to find a way to survive and possibly find a cure. The film explores themes of survival, isolation, and the collapse of society in the face of a devastating outbreak.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is a television series produced by Hulu based on the 1985 novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. The show premiered in April 2017 and has since released several seasons. It stars Elizabeth Moss as the main character, Offred, who is a handmaid in a dystopian society where women have been stripped of their rights and are forced into sexual servitude. The series explores themes of oppression, gender, and power, and has received critical acclaim for its performances, direction, and writing.
I Am Legend (2007)
“Will Smith stars in Francis Lawrence’s 2007 post-apocalyptic science fiction film I Am Legend. The movie is based on the 1954 novel of the same name by Richard Matheson. The story is set in a future where a virus has killed most of humanity, and the remaining survivors have been turned into vampire-like creatures. Smith plays the last remaining human in New York City, Robert Neville, who is immune to the virus and spends his days trying to find a cure while also trying to survive attacks from the infected. The film explores themes of isolation, hope, and the search for a cure. It was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics.
One interesting thing about “I Am Legend” is the use of CGI and special effects to create a deserted, post-apocalyptic version of New York City. The filmmakers used a combination of practical sets and CGI to create the empty streets and abandoned buildings that make up much of the film’s visual landscape. The film also featured a high-quality CGI version of the creatures, which were created through a combination of motion capture and animation techniques. The film’s visual effects were widely praised and were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Another interesting thing is that the story has been adapted multiple times, with different interpretations of the source material and different endings.