FILM::Post-Apocalypto: Where Tomorrowland and Mad Max: Fury Road are distant cousins

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Despite the title, this blog is not about Mel Gibson’s Apocalptyo.

Two feature films arrived in theaters the past two weeks. One got rave reviews (Mad Max: Fury Road). The other, more lukewarm response (Tomorrowland).

I saw both and agree with the critical consensus. Mad Max was awesome – better than the originals even, IMO. Visually stunning and just a lot of fun. I think it has cult classic written all over it.

Tomorrowland was… meh. Good special effects, but no compelling storyline and the characters were a bit flat. And the villain? Let’s just say that Hugh Laurie played a more unlikable character on House, and he wasn’t even supposed to be a bad guy on that show.

Both films feature dystopian worlds – one is post-apocalyptic and the other is on the verge. But beyond that, the similarities stop. Tomorrowland is very “Disney,” and Mad Max is very “Burning Man.”

But, after a few days to ruminate on the movies, something clicked in my head… I had *seen* those two movies before in the same film!

It’s a relatively unknown 1975 cult classic starring Don Johnson (pre-Miami Vice and Nash Bridges) called A Boy and His Dog.

  • Like post-apocalyptic films?
  • Want car chases?
  • Killer robots?
  • Utopian mirages inside dystopian surroundings?
  • Insane protagonists?
  • People being harvested for bodily fluids?
  • Concubines?

Then, yea, check it out! It’s occasionally on NetFlix streaming, but not on right now.

Also, if you like post-apocalyptic/dystopian future movies as much as I do, check these out as well (no particular order):

  • Brazil
  • Bladerunner
  • Logan’s Run
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Children of Men
  • Book of Eli
  • Dawn/Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • The Road
  • Snowpiercer
  • Mad Max (Mel Gibson years)
  • 28 Days Later
  • Oblivion
  • Edge of Tomorrow/Live, Die, Repeat
  • Terminator/Terminator 2
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • 9
  • I Am Legend (I think it’s underrated, personally, outside from the ending)
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