The End Of The World As We Know It
Finch is an extremely moving existential drama, with Tom Hanks roughing out the post-apocalyptic world with his dog and a lovable robot.
If you’ve finished watching this one, you may be itching for more of the same. Well, fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top 10 picks.
Of course for all the movies we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full review.
So without further ado, we present 10 movies to check out when you’ve finished watching Finch!
The Road is grim and bleak from the start. Adapted from the book of the same name, Viggo Mortensen stars in this absolutely enthralling but utterly depressing post-apocalyptic film.
To put into context just how grim this is, the happiest part of The Road comes from our protagonists finding a Coke can.
The story centers on a father who tries to defend his son as they travel toward the sea. Society has completely collapsed, with the remaining pockets of survivors part of deadly gangs.
This one’s incredibly harrowing but undoubtedly an absolute must-watch.
Greenland is a typical apocalyptic movie, only this time taking place during the event, rather than after. A comet is heading straight for Earth and it’s up to John Garrity, his estranged wife Allison and Nathan to try and find sanctuary.
This comes in the form of emergency sheltering, which is only reserved for certain members of the public. Along the way, as pieces of the comet begin to crash down to Earth, John experiences the best and worst of humanity.
As far as disaster movies go, this one’s pretty good and has enough in the tank to make for an enjoyable ride until the end.
Love and Monsters
Love and Monsters offers up a completely different type of apocalypse, sporting a much lighter tone throughout.
The story takes place seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, as Joel Dawson and the rest of humanity have been forced to live underground. Giant creatures have taken control and all looks bleak.
After reconnecting with his high school girlfriend Aimee over the radio, Joel sets out to try and find her. Of course, in doing so that means facing the monsters outside.
If you were a fan of Jeff in Finch, you’re bound to find something to love in Chappie. The movie is not without its flaws, but it is an entertaining watch nonetheless.
The story here takes place in the near future, with crime patrolled by a mechanized police force. When one police droid, Chappie, is stolen and given new programming, he becomes the first robot to think and feel for himself.
This movie is essentially A.I. meets Robocop, and if that sounds like the perfect combination to you, Chappie should be on your radar.
Cast Away is undoubtedly one of Tom Hanks’ best movies. With incredible acting, a gripping storyline and lots of quiet, tranquil moments, this one’s a must-watch.
The story centers on a FedEx executive who crash lands on a desert island all alone. Chuck Noland’s only tools for survival are whatever washes up on the beach from the plane. And the natural resources around him of course.
Along the way, Chuck undergoes an incredible physical and emotional transformation, leading to a quietly serene conclusion.
The Rover is a low-budget Aussie film set in a post-apocalyptic world. This is a slow, sombre movie with plenty of similarities to The Road in terms of tone and pace.
The story picks up 10 years after a global economic collapse. A hardened loner called Eric pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, Eric captures one of the thieves’ brothers, and the duo form an uneasy bond.
An interesting take on the post-apocalypse genre, The Rover is certainly worth checking out.
The story begins in the Australian outback onboard a houseboat surrounded by murky, undisturbed water.
Andy and Kay live a relatively sheltered life away from the chaos gripping the rest of mainland Australia following a viral outbreak. Society has been decimated and when this outbreak eventually catches up to the pair, Andy is forced to go it alone.
This is a quiet, reflective road-trip movie, as Andy desperately searches for someone to look after his baby daughter. This thought-provoking picture won’t be for everyone but it plays with some great concepts, along with sporting a great performance from Martin Freeman.
I Am Legend
28 Days Later’s eerie opening with Jim wandering about London is still one of the best film openings to grace the big screen. I Am Legend then, takes that idea and essentially spins an entire movie around it. This movie works really well though, instilling an uneasy sense of dread and packed full of memorable moments.
The story takes place years after a plague has killed off most of humanity. Those who survive have been transformed into monsters… except for one man. Stuck in New York alone save for his trusty canine companion, Robert Neville presses on to find a cure to this disease that’s ravaged the world.
While the ending is left open to interpretation, I Am Legend is good value for the rest of its run-time.
The Night Eats The World
The Night Eats The World, (La nuit a dévoré le monde) is an interesting but ultimately divisive genre film about isolation and loneliness. While the zombie invasion is still an ever-present threat here, it’s pushed aside slightly in favour of a much slower film.
The story begins with Sam, a young musician who falls asleep at a party waiting for his friend. When he wakes up, the world has been ravaged by a virus that’s turned all of humanity into flesh-eating zombies. From here the narrative changes, becoming a much more thought-provoking film as Sam grapples with isolation, loneliness and the impending sense of doom.
Children of Men
Children Of Men features one of the greatest openings to any movie in history. This explosive start is followed by a solid screenplay and one of 2006’s best films.
The post apocalyptic story takes place in an alternate future in 2027. Women have somehow become infertile and to make matters worse, the world’s youngest person has just died. With humanity on the brink of extinction, it’s up to a former activist called Theo Faron to try and change humanity’s fortunes.
This fortune comes in the form of a miraculously pregnant woman whom he’s tasked with transporting to a sanctuary at sea, away from the chaos and anarchy gripping the streets.
Some gorgeous cinematography and a couple of incredibly tense sequences help make Children Of Men one of the more definitive post-apocalyptic stories.
So there we have it, our 10 Movie picks to keep you busy after watching Finch on AppleTV+!
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