Why would a movie about the end of the world make guys cry like a baby? Find out.
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 often times have the potential to make guys cry, for example:
"The World Ends"
To elaborate, the world as we know it ends. Perhaps there's still a few rocks floating around where Earth used to be, or perhaps a cockroach survives. The underlying fact remains that Humanity is dead, or just not on Earth anymore. The fascination with movies such as these is that we can see beyond our years. If a tree falls in the forest and no one's around, does it make a noise? Well, these films ask, if the Earth exists, but all of humanity dies, is it still Earth? That's sad, yes, but still an interesting exercise in "what if" thinking. These movies can be brutal, action packed, bad (never said these were great films), or good, but the common thread is that they all make guys cry at one point or another.
Don't be turned off due to the C-factor. You know, the "Cage" factor...Nicolas Cage is in this movie. The film tries too hard in parts with a plot about a series of number predicting disasters, but the core of the film is that the Sun is sending a solar flare with our names on it.
A friend of Cage wants to take their kids to a series of deep caves to ride out the disaster. At first Cage agrees, but delays to research whatever it is Nic Cage researches. Doing what any sane person would do, she ignores Nic Cage and takes the kids to the cave immediately. Nic finds out, calls her and explains that the flare will reach one mile underground, and that not even bacteria will survive. At first you think this was a generic film about trying to stop predestined disasters, so ending it with this bombshell AND SEEING IT HAPPEN, it's just heartbreaking. P.S. the kids get taken by aliens to another planet to survive, so...you know...the C-factor.