Hollywood And Its Fascination With Armageddon

The latest song by Chris Brown and Justin Bieber called Next To You featuring an end of the world theme

Whether you believe in it or not, Armageddon and the end of the world is a subject that always comes up. Hollywood itself brings it up so often, that it is hard to ignore it. There are some who believe the last days are to come, and there are some who don't believe. Some who think that that time is a judgement from God, and others who say it is simply a matter of the earth running its course.Whatever the belief, the end of the world is one of the most debated topics ever.

As with any topic up for debate, Hollywood has its say, however twisted it may be. The popular theme of Armageddon in Hollywood's point of view, is definite perdition, not certainly from God, but a perdition where man, by his will and strength, can overcome or escape a fate which was meant to happen.

No doubt that Hollywood has much of an influence over how people think and what they believe. Case in point, one of the most popular movies, stating that Armageddon was predicted by the Mayan calendar or the fact that it ceased to record time after the year 2012. The year 2012 is a very popular search topic on the internet today, and people seriously want to know if this date foretold by the calendar and movie, truly is the date for the end of all things as we know it. There are millions of questions littered all over the internet begging for some confirmation that the 21st of December, 2012, really is indeed D-Day for planet Earth.

If I may seem to be exaggerating, here is a list of movies, songs and video games, that all deal with the end times. There are two fairly constant themes. One is that the end is indeed coming, and the other is that man will somehow save himself.

Movies dealing with Armageddon
Music dealing with Armageddon
Armageddon
1999
Deep Impact
Till The World Ends
The Book of Eli
It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
28 Days Later
Doomsday
The Night The World Exploded
Third Stone From The Sun
Meteor
Here's Your Future
Asteroid
1,000 Cities Falling Apart
2012
Number Of The Beast
When Worlds Collide
The End Of Everything
The Day After Tomorrow
The Earth Died Screaming
Deluge
The Day Everything Became Nothing
End Day
When The World Ends
End of Days
Four Horsemen Of 2012
12 Monkeys
I'm Gonna DJ
Planet of The Apes
Four Chords Of The Apocalypse
The Terminator
The Day The Whole World Went Away
The Fifth Element
When The Man Comes Around
Doomsday
Next To You
I Am Legend
2012 (It Ain't The End)
The Happening
Party Like It's 2012
The Last Man On Earth
The End Of The World Party
The Invasion
DJ Got Us Falling In Love Again
The War Of The Worlds
The Last Night Of The World
End Of The World
Last Day On Earth
Independence Day
The End Of The World (four songs with the same title)
Judgment Day
Its Not The End Of The World But I can See It From Here
Legion
Natural Mystic
Battlestar Galactica
Waiting At The End Of The World
Cowboys And Aliens
Exodus
The Day The Earth Stood Still
So Much Trouble In The World
Transformers
Apocalypse Please
The Stand
London Calling
Mortal Kombat : Annihilation
Gimmie Shelter
A sample list of some movies and music having to do with the Apocalypse.
The President in the movie Independence Day, giving  his speech before the final battle for the planet Earth.
The President in the movie Independence Day, giving his speech before the final battle for the planet Earth.

As stated above, the theme seems to be man, and his ability to save himself. Take the movie Independence Day. Starring Will Smith as one of the heroes of mankind, it is about an alien invasion on earth and just what man did to stop it. This final battle for survival takes place on July 4th, Independence Day for The United States of America. In his speech to the people of the earth, the American President says:

"We're fighting for our right to live, to exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world stood up and declared in one voice that we will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"

No doubt, this speech's purpose was to make goosebumps appear on the skin. To make viewers' skin tingle with the magnificence of such strength and determination. The show won an Oscar for Best Effects, as well as a Saturn award for Best Director, Best Science Fiction and Best Special Effects, it even won a Grammy and The People's Choice Award. Goosebumps must have been raised.

Scene from the movie Armageddon, where a stray piece of asteroid knocks down the Empire State Building.
Scene from the movie Armageddon, where a stray piece of asteroid knocks down the Empire State Building.

Or What about Armageddon? That movie where the soundtrack hit number one. Didn't it win a Grammy as well? Anyway it centers around an asteroid on its way to crash into the earth. Nobody knows how to stop the thing and they decide the best way is to blow it up. Even though they know what they have to do, they don't know how to do it, so they call in some oil rig workers, among them Bruce Willis, and they go up in the space ship and blow the thing up.

Here's a line explaining why an asteroid hitting earth would be detrimental to life as we know it:

"So, when the rogue comet hit the asteroid belt, it sent shrapnel right for us. For the next 15 days, the Earth's in a shooting gallery. Even if the asteroid itself hits the water, it's still hitting land. It'll flash boil millions of galleons of sea water and slam into the ocean bedrock. Now if it's a Pacific Ocean impact, which we think it will be, it'll create a tidal wave 3 miles high, travel at a thousand miles an hour, covering California, and washing up in Denver. Japan's gone, Australia's wiped out. Half the world's population will be incinerated by the heat blast, and the rest will freeze to death from nuclear winter."

These guys, with a good bit of trouble I'll grant, and some deaths of some very important characters, manage to blow up an asteroid so big, that it could wipe out every piece of human life. Again, at the end, when the sacrifices were made and earth was saved, there was probably not a dry eye in the cinema.

Worldwide, Armageddon has grossed over five hundred and fifty- three million dollars. ($553,000,000) and Independence Day has grossed over eight hundred and seventeen million dollars (817,000,000). The Transformers movies have grossed, so far around seven hundred and nine million ($709,000,000), eight hundred and thirty- six million ($836,000,000), and six hundred and sixty-two million ($662,000,000) respectively. Combined, that totals over two billion, two hundred and seven million dollars (2,207,000,000) and rising.

Apparently, when Hollywood talks about the end of days, and how man will win in the end and become ultimately his own hero, the world listens and pays to listen. No wonder they seem to be so fascinated with the topic.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

It is odd how atheists and secular people spend so much time thinking of God and things to do with God's kingdom. God is a force that draws the mind of man, even when they claim to not believe in Him. If they only knew that when He does come, there will be no mistake it is Him indeed what the creative mind could conceive concerning Armageddon. Thanks for a thought provoking Hub!


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now) Author

I find it odd too. The arguments that come from the topic amaze me. I just don't understand the passion people have in something they don't believe in. Is that even possible? You are right, though, I do think that God does draw the mind of man.

I think that when He does come, man will have so convinced himself otherwise that it will be a shock. As a thief in the night so the Bible says. Never expected but there nonetheless.

Thank you so much for reading and the kind words, Hyphenbird!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

The Mayan calandar cannot predict then end of the earth. Jesus Christ even told us that only God knows. Matthew 24:36 No one knows about that day, or hour, not even even the Angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

You wrote another wonderful hub. I hope more people read them.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now) Author

Thanks again for reading, Michele. You are right again when you say that God is the one who knows when tat day will come. No words of men can change His appointed day.

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