Post-apocalyptic movies might seem to be all about manliness, but they can be some real tearjerkers.
The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies make guys cry, for example:
You may think this is low-hanging fruit, taking a film where most of the world has died and trying to find a sad moment. I say while the lives of characters in apocalyptic films, from our points of view, are hellish and bleak, the inhabitants of these films view their existence as just the way it is. Very often post-apocalyptic movies are full of grizzled characters, the only personality that can survive the harsh wasteland that the fall of civilization left behind. The fall of mankind has already passed, and those left are used to the madness. I say it's harder to find one of those characters sharing a tender moment than it is with a pre-apocalypse. Machismo is the name of the game, and even if those emerging from a bunker accustomed to the old ways are shocked by the new, toughening up is the way to survive.
That, and sharing a good cry.
1. Twelve Monkeys
I'm not talking about the TV show that's coming out, but the Bruce "Yippie Ki-yay" Willis movie. This is one of Bruce's many time-traveling movies and thanks to Terry Gilliam's involvement, it's a weird ride. A disease wipes out most of humanity, forcing the survivors to seek refuge underground to breathe stale air and slowly go insane over several decades. Somehow they cobble together a time machine and fling Bruce back to collect info on the virus.
Between the imprecise nature of their time machine and Bruce's uncertainty of his own sanity, this film keeps everyone confused at all times. Still, it's a hell of a ride. Then there's the ending. Long story short with SPOILERS...Bruce gets killed in front of himself as a young boy. Not only does this lock his fate in a causality loop, it's also damn scarring for the kid. No wonder he goes crazy, thus doubting the reality of his experience and distrusting the people around him which causes him to be locked up and meet his adversary and love interest in the first place...oh, no. I've gone cross-eyed.