Five Frozen Movie Apocalypses that Blizzard 2015 Might Look Like

Monday, 26 January 2015 - 12:13PM
Monday, 26 January 2015 - 12:13PM
Five Frozen Movie Apocalypses that Blizzard 2015 Might Look Like

A huge blizzard is hitting the Northeast right now, and it has people's nerves completely fried, inducing everyone running to the supermarket and elbow others out of the way to get some non-perishable food, bottled water, and maybe a gun, if that's your kind of thing. What does that sound like to you?

 

My favorite part of the last huge blizzard I experienced was going out into the streets on the day that all the roads were closed. People were just walking in the middle of the street, like the world had ended and the rules of civilization had completely broken down. And although heat-related dystopias are a little more popular (Mad Max, Book of Eli, and Young Ones are a few recent examples), there are a few memorable frozen apocalypses that the Northeast may somewhat resemble by tomorrow:

 

The Day After Tomorrow

 

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In The Day After Tomorrow, global warming has caused all kinds of inclement weather, from tornadoes and hurricanes to floods and tidal waves, and it all culminates in a global Ice Age. It's mostly a silly movie, but the fairly terrifying sequence in which sub-freezing temperature spreads, freezing everything and everyone in its path, is the biggest highlight of the film aside from Jake Gyllenhaal.

 

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Snowpiercer

 

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Snowpiercer is mostly remembered for its depiction of a monstrously stratified post-apocalyptic society on a perpetually orbiting train, but the frozen apocalypse that forced humanity to seek refuge is right there in the name. 

 

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Frozen

 

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Granted, this is not an "apocalyptic" movie per se, but how could we not include the beloved Arendelle? Plus, this is the only cinematic snowpocalypse on this list (and possible ever) that isn't the result of global warming, so it mixes things up a little. 

 

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Sunshine

 

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Yes, it's counterintuitive to put a movie called "Sunshine" on the list. But all the events of the film are instigated by our sun's imminent death, which inspires a group of astronauts to take a sojourn to the star and go through some existential crises in the process.

 

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Sunshine didn't spend too much time on its cold-ravaged Earth, but we did get to see it during the memorable and beautifully shot ending sequence in which a frozen wasteland lit by a rapidly dimming sun is slowly illuminated by genuine sunlight:

 

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The Colony

 

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Once again, global warming is the culprit of a snow-covered apocalypse, in which the weather machines that are controlling climate change stop working and the world quickly freezes over, causing whatever civilization was left to utterly break down. The premise sounds cooler than the movie actually was, and it was panned by critics, but it did have some interesting imagery:

 

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Honorable Mention: Interstellar

 

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This gets an honorable mention because Interstellar's depiction of a frozen planet wasn't a post-apocalyptic Earth, but a different world altogether. That being said, it's possibly the most memorable and beautiful portrayal of a frozen planet ever shown on screen, and was one of the best parts of an otherwise underwhelming movie:

 

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