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The World Destroyers Cup: What is the Best Movie Featuring the Destruction of Earth?

June 14, 2018

With the World Cup upon us, I figured I would create a “World Destroyers Cup” bracket that pits 16 earth destroying (or attempting) movies against each other. I started with 32 movies, cut it down to 16 and did way too much analysis into who would win. I am really happy with the final result and I think the 16 movies represent many facets of earth destruction. 

I don’t want to bore you with all the matchups, so I’m going to highlight a couple of them to explain how I figured out the champion.

Rita Vrataski is awesome. Edge of Tomorrow is the best. I love hyperbole.

How did Avengers: Infinity War lose to Slither?

Avengers: Infinity War has already made two billion at the international box office so I don’t think it cares too much that it lost here. What I love about director/writer James Gunn’s 2006 movie is how bloody, funny and gross it is. The tiny budget was stretched perfectly and it’s always nice when an original science fiction story hits the theaters. I watched it again recently and really appreciate the practical effects, cheeky characters, and inspired dialogue. Here is a small taste of the beautifully weird dialogue.

Jack MacReady: [Jack & Bill are discussing what caused Grant’s transformation] It’s obvious the bastard’s got Lyme disease!

Bill Pardy: What?

Jack MacReady: Lyme disease. You touch some deer feces, and then you… eat a sandwich without washin’ your hands. You got your Lyme disease!

Bill Pardy: And that makes you look like a squid?

 

Why Edge of Tomorrow

Some people might be shocked by it beating Independence Day but I legitimately think Edge of Tomorrow is a better movie. Edge of Tomorrow is easily one of the best action films of the 21st century and I love how it combines a Groundhog Day plot with an alien invasion. It features fantastic performances from Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise and I can’t wait until the sequel hits the theaters. It deserves to be #1.

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Let me know who you think should win in the comments!

 

 

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2018 10:15 am

    “Edge of Tomorrow” sabotages it’s own premise and sense of continuity in favor of a happy ending, but besides the ending (which makes no sense) it’s a very entertaining film. I’m surprised you don’t have “The Cabin in the Woods” on here! 🙂

    • June 14, 2018 10:17 am

      It was in a tough qualifying bracket. Gojira and Independence Day took the two spots.

      • June 14, 2018 10:18 am

        You know, I haven’t seen “Gojira” and I don’t think I’ve actually ever seen “Independence Day” all the way through. Gaps in my cultural education! 🙂

  2. June 14, 2018 11:58 am

    I would have gone with Slither. Mayor MacReady is awesome!

    • June 15, 2018 4:25 pm

      MacReady is the best. I just watched it again and realized (all over again) how great the dialogue is.

  3. John permalink
    June 15, 2018 4:23 pm

    Damn, damn, damn …haven’t watched it yet.

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