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The morning after Valentine’s Day, Russia witnessed the biggest meteor event since Tunguska in 1908. On the day after we were able to track the view of another meteor (2012 DA14) that passed really close to Earth — uncomfortably close. And having known that a huge impact wiped out the dinosaurs 65 millions years ago, we couldn’t help but wonder if the human species is destined to end up like them.

With all of these stellar bodies reminding us of how vulnerable we are, let’s take a look at some of my favorite on-screen plots revolving around space rocks impacting our world…
 

Seeking a Friend For The End Of The World (2012)

This dramedy focuses on humanity’s reaction to the news that their lives are going to end due to the comet Matilda colliding with Earth in some weeks time. The film is carried by Steve Carell and Keira Knightley and supported by talented actors who find themselves in peculiar situations. In this story, we see how sometimes all we want is to say I love you when we have the chance…before the end.
 

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Melancholia (2011)

The title describes more about the atmosphere and mood of this film rather than the rogue planet will clash with Earth. We see how these events affect the lives of a set of characters as they deal with their issues and contemplate their imminent death. The cast is led by Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland and Alexander Skarsgard.
 

Post Impact (2004)

This movie deals with the aftermath of an ‘impact event’. Starring Dean Cain as a captain who survives the asteroid hit that claims his wife and daughter. Years later, he still hopes to find them alive and embarks on a dangerous mission in a world that has become chaotic with violence giving little chance of him completing his mission.
 

Deep Impact (1998)

1998 was the year we had two movies dealing with the possibility of life on Earth being threatened by an impact event. This outstanding film included Oscar winner Morgan Freeman playing the President of United States as well as Robert Duvall, Tea Leoni, and Elijah Wood among others. Mimi Leder’s film focused on the very real possibility of complete extinction and posed the question of who should survive. A very touching and emotional take on the disaster film.
 

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Armaggedon (1998)

This action-packed drama revolves around oil drillers who risk their lives trying save Earth from the meteor that will destroy it. Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler, and Michael Clark Duncan star in this blockbuster. Aside from an adrenaline rush, this exciting movie gave us Aerosmith’s beautiful Oscar-nominated song “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing”. It won the meteor race of that year at the box office both domestically and abroad.
 

Asteroid (1997)

In this NBC miniseries, stars Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens) and Annabella Sciorra discover that Earth is threatened by two meteors: Helios and Eros. The plan is to use lasers to destroy them before they destroy us. The disastrous events unfold amidst family drama and themes of hope and resilience.
 

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The Simpsons “Bart’s Comet” (1995)

In the mid-90s, this animated series featured a humorous take on the possibility of our rocky friends from beyond paying an unexpected visit. Bart discovers a meteor while being punished by Principal Skinner.  We soon find out that it will not only hit Earth but Springfield specifically. We get to see all of Springfield’s residents react to the news, breaking into the kind of heartwarming but hysterical behavior we know and love from this long-running comedy.
 

Tank Girl (1995)

This cult movie is loosely based on the comic book of the same title and revolves around life on Earth after a meteor strikes. This planet is a desert wasteland; water is a scarce and sought-after resource. Malcolm MacDowell, Naomi Watts and Ice-T star in this post-apocalyptic thriller. Water and political intrigue are mixed with dark comedy, violence and (yep) musical numbers. A truly interesting take on an old classic.
 

The Meteor Man (1993)

Not everything related to meteors is about doom and destruction. In this film, a superhero is born after an encounter with a fallen star. The lead character, played by writer-director Robert Townsand, is a mild-mannered teacher who gains superpowers, becomes the titular hero, and saves his neighborhood from a gang (and despair). It’s a small charming movie with a simple message: Nothing beats the power of a community when they fight together for the common good. Also stars Bill Cosby and James Earl Jones.
 

When Worlds Collide (1951)

A classic disaster movie that features a star making its way toward Earth. The plot centers around a lottery that chooses the survivors who will escape to a new planet. The desperation and true nature of humans, both good and bad, rises as the day of destruction gets closer with every ominous second.
 

Let’s hope we continue exploring all of these disasters in fiction and never see these scenarios in real life, shall we?

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