…in movies, that is. I was thinking about Dr. Strangelove and tried to think of other movies that ended in a similar manner.
Would 12 Monkeys fit the bill? I saw it once and don’t remember much of it, but it seems to me the ending implied that, well, a chain of events was set in motion that would wipe out the earth.
Now, I’m not talking about post-apocalyptic or sci-fi movies where the “earth was destroyed” and we’re picking up the pieces; but real honest-to-God, no-happy-ending, the-world-is-toast, so-don’t-have-a-nice-day movie.
<<Now, I’m not talking about post-apocalyptic or sci-fi movies where the “earth was destroyed” and we’re picking up the pieces; but real honest-to-God, no-happy-ending, the-world-is-toast, so-don’t-have-a-nice-day movie.>>
Well, I don’t know if this counts, but slight spoiler space
…In “Beneath the Planet of the Apes”, the already post simian-apocalypse Earth gets blown up, or at least char-broiled. I mean, talk about your bad luck…
Both Titan, AE and Hitchhikers deal with the aftermath of the end of the world, not the end of the world itself. I think what the OP wants here are movies with the ultimate bummer ending. You know, everyone dies, and I mean everyone.
Terminator might count, since the movie ends with the main character preparing for an inevitable nuclear holocaust. Of course, in the sequel, she totally evits WWIII, which might disqualify the first film.
I don’t think 12 Monkeys fits the bill. It is about scientists from the future sending Bruce Willis back in time to our present to try to get a sample of the virus that killed off most of the population so they can create a cure to protect what’s left of mankind. The end seems to imply (to me anyway) that they got that sample and will therefore be able to create a cure and save the future (their present). Hell, some people might even say it’s a happy ending since they did get the sample. Of course that is open to interpretation but at the very least you have to admit that since Bruce Willis was sent back in time that the world didn’t actually end or there wouldn’t be anyone to send him back in the first place. Makes perfect sense doesn’t it?
Sorry but had to come back to this…
That is not what I saw in the ending. The scientists never intended to find a cure. They made sure everything happened the way it was supposed to. That is why she claims her job was in “Insurance”. As in ensuring that everything carries on as they should.
Don’t forget as Scientists they run the world so they wanted to maintain power. I saw the ending as Bleak. They knew what was to happen to Cole (Bruce Willis) and let it.
Haven’t heard that in awhile. Not since I kissed three bucks goodbye.
kingpengvin, I agree. There was never any reason to believe the scientists were good guys (and plenty of signs that they were corrupt). The happy interpretation is the triumph of pure optimism over what actually appeared on the screen.