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Non-Zombie Movies That Can Save Your Life in A Zombie Apocalypse

We all love zombie movies, but we all have that one friend who hates zombies. They say their gross, or dumb, but we love them too much to toss them out a window. So, when one of these negative nellies shows up at your movie night these movies will entertain them at the same time as teach you valuable survival skills.

Contagion

Due to the Coronavirus, this film is becoming the most talked-about movie this year, despite it being from 2011. Contagion is about a viral pandemic sweeping the globe killing people at an alarmingly high rate. It’s enjoyable because you can see how different people face a crisis. You got a father protecting his child after his ex-wife dies of the virus, two CDC doctors trying to curb the spread of the virus as other works on the cure, and a vlogger who believes the whole thing is a government conspiracy. The film also teaches a lot about medical science and what the CDC and WHO would do in the event of a global pandemic.

Outbreak

Another interesting disaster movie about a disease. This film takes place in 1995 when an African disease named Motaba (looks eerily similar to ebola on purpose) invades a small town in California. A group of Army doctors is called into town to halt the spread and find a cure. This is not as easy as you think because they are unsure who, or what the carrier of the virus is. Not to mention two army Generals named Billy Ford and Donald McClintock already seen what this virus can do, and they want to wipe it out the way they did before, with a hydrogen bomb. I find this interesting because it shows the army’s standpoint of a pandemic and the choices they have to face.

Book of Eli

This is a nuclear post-apocalyptic film starring Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, and Gary Oldman. Denzel plays a man named Eli who is taking the last known bible in existence to the west coast. This film showcases the importance of religion in the apocalypse and how far people will go to protect what they believe. Even if you’re not religious all you got to do is take a look into the history and see how important religion plays in shaping it.

The Purge

Not exactly a post-apocalyptic film, but I feel it’s close enough. The film takes place in a dystopian America where one day a year all crime is legal for twelve hours. This film showcases human behavior in the event when no emergency services are available to the public. When the zombie raises you better believe society will break down as emergency personnel will focus more on their families than their jobs. Law and order will become a thing of the past as roving gangs will stop at nothing to steal anything you got for survival.

The Day After Tomorrow

This is a climate change doomsday film. It’s about a climatologist named Jack Hall who is trying to warn the UN about a series of environmental disasters he discovered while studying ice flows in the arctic. Unfortunately, his warnings go unnoticed by everyone including his son Sam. Soon after he made his predictions everything he said starts happening and super ice storms form in the north trapping his son and a group of their friends in New York where the heart of the storm is about to hit. Now, Jack is traveling to New York from Philadelphia. fighting his way through the harsh elements. Despite being a good movie, this film teaches you a lot about meteorology and the importance weather patterns play in our survival. It also shows how weather can affect cities unprepared for mother nature’s fury.

Red Dawn

 I know it’s not a doomsday movie, but it’s still worth mentioning. The film is about two brothers who live in sleepy Spokane, Washington. Then one morning they wake up to see North Korea invading their community and flee to the surrounding woods to hide from the invaders. While in hiding they meet a group of survivors and decide to partner up and form a resistance team called the Wolverines. This film is important because it shows what Martial Law would look like in this country. Martial Law is a last-ditch effort used by the government to control the population better and help officials obtain some law and order to an unstable area. The last time in U.S. History Martial Law was declared was during the Civil War, so the government wouldn’t use it unless necessary for the survival of the country.

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M.L. Lewis

Written by M.L. Lewis

M.L. Lewis is not new to the world of writing. She has written various short stories and poems throughout the years and has won multiple awards in art and literature. The highest honor she received was Poet of the Year in 2000, and again in 2005. A poem she wrote in honor of law enforcement can be seen in the book, Everything You Wanted to Know about the Heroes in Blue. She was also featured in Encounter magazine for the volunteer work she did for the United States troops. In 2010 she won Resident of the Year in a local newspaper titled The South Hills Messanger. Today, she spends her time increasing her knowledge on disaster preparedness while working on her Ph. D. in Paranormal Studies.

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