What follows is a funny, sweet, and sometimes sad tale of people's reactions to their impending shared demise. You see rioters and violence, as expected, while others simply throw all caution to the wind and start doing crazy things like getting together and having wild sex parties and doing heroin. Still others spend the time trying to correct past mistakes and put their broken lives back together before the end. All in all, a very decent movie.
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One of my favorite things about this movie is that it actually paid off on the promise it made. It began with talk of a failed mission to divert the asteroid, very much like the ones seen in the films "Armageddon" and "Deep impact." Then, in the end, Superman did not fly in reverse around the planet to turn back time. The impact actually occurs and, though we do not know if the world ended, it definitely seems to have ended for the main characters. It's sad, but, at the same time, such a bittersweet ending with them finally being together is so much better as a payoff then some last minute miracle that cheapens the whole thing.
Also, we do get a small dose of some Survivalist / Prepper types, who are planning to survive the impact inside a bunker that looks suspiciously like a basement under their garage. The guy claims the walls are 12 inch thick titanium and they have enough food to live comfortably under ground for 6 months. To his credit, I did spy glimpses of what appeared to be cases of canned soups and calorie-rich peanut butter (a very good survival food). Oh, and a satellite phone and "a lot of guns and a lot of potato chips."
What I did not see was anything that resembled buckets of staple foods, such as wheat, oats, rice, beans, etc.; or how they intend to heat, cook, or run the video game console they intend to use for entertainment once the power goes out. Likewise, they have a hilariously privacy-devoid toilet, but there is no mention of how they intend to handle waste disposal. Probably the most glaring problem I can see is that there were no large water tanks or or barrels visible, so unless they're stupid enough to think they can still depend on the water mains, then something is amiss either in their planning or in the writing.
Perhaps the most curious thing is that they have a fleet of hybrid Smart Cars in the backyard, I suppose because gasoline will be difficult to come by post-impact, but I'm thinking they're expressing a bit more faith in the idea that there will still be passable, intact roads after the world has been burnt to a crisp by the firestorm created by the impact. Also, their fleet of little cars are not likely to fare well either out their in the backyard under no cover whatsoever. Methinks those were a waste of funds.
What the need are all-terrain vehicles, parked under a stout cover. Something like these: