Skip to comments.REMNANTS: The best TEOTWAWKI movie trailer ever!
Posted on 11/18/2010 7:13:26 AM PST by Travis McGee
Film Synopsis: In the tranquil suburb of Excalibur Estates, ART, his wife GWEN, and their CHILDREN lead contented lives. Art cajoles with his neighbors,MERL and LANCE, then spends another quiet evening with his close-knit and loving family. They dont notice news reports about an odd cosmic anomaly an unusually bright star and a series of impending gamma-ray flares. Despite these strange warnings, Art prepares for another day at work.
At the office, the routines of daily life are interrupted when breaking news broadcasts a government press conference. Authorities describe recent cosmic activity from a type of super-dense star that has released a burst of gamma rays. This massive electromagnetic storm is heading toward Earth and will affect every part of the planet disrupting electricity grids, cell phones, and every other modern convenience. As the government declares martial law in urban areas, requests to remain calm go unheeded as everyone in Arts office panics and flees to get back home before the gamma rays cripple the planets infrastructure.
Art and Gwen struggle to get through the dangerously gridlocked traffic to reunite at home. When the catastrophe hits, there is little outward effect the skies light up as the electricity and all communications are disabled indefinitely. Art and his family provide emotional support to one another, wondering what it is that is happening some sort of end times? No one knows, but they are resolved to stick together as a family and a community.
The residents of Excalibur Estates awake to a very different world. As they survey their neighborhood, they learn that they must survive in a simpler lifestyle than theyd previously enjoyed. Merl, a former military man who has been prepared for such an event, is stocked up with supplies. The neighborhood falls into contentious chaos, conflicts arising particularly from the antisocial MORRIS. Art becomes an unexpected peacemaker as he takes a stand and gives an impassioned speech imploring his peers to take charge of this situation and band together to turn their community into one that thrives despite this adversity. Arts leadership inspires the residents of Excalibur to brainstorm, discuss how to manage their resources, and create their own list of rules for maintaining law and order in a world where those systems have disappeared.
The development buzzes with activity as they pool their skills and supplies, create stockpiles of food to be rationed, work out hunting and gardening systems, develop a defensive perimeter. Soon, theyre having fun and bonding in ways they never did when they were reliant on mindless entertainment now theyre enjoying each others company in a more pure way than ever before.
Their peace is disrupted when they find that Morris has been stealing food. According to their rules, Morris is imprisoned. When he tries to escape, his sentence is lengthened. Meanwhile, Art, Lance, and Merl see a box of Red Cross supplies dropped a few miles away. They arm themselves and venture out. They are ambushed by THUGS but manage to escape, now aware that other neighborhoods havent fared as well. When Morris is released, he tries to attack Arts family. Restraining his desire to kill Morris, Art banishes him from the community. The maligned Morris wanders to another town, run by THUGS. He negotiates his own survival by telling them about the wealth of supplies within Excalibur. These lowlifes send spies, which alerts Art, Merl, Lance, and the others to the possibility of attack. As Morris deceptively fuels the flames of hatred, the thugs arm themselves with makeshift weapons and launch a brutal invasion of Excalibur. Residents fight back to defend the prosperity theyve built with their own blood, sweat, and tears. As the two villages clash, many good people are lost in the bloody, intense suburban war.
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That sounds rather dirty.
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Must see. When is it out?
The first trailer is also great.
Might hit a little close to home for my taste. Hmmm...
Looks quite a bit like the novel “Lights Out”
The perfect plan would be to nuke your enemy such that your warheads land about 10 minutes before the cosmic event. Any retaliation by your enemy would be muted by the event, and then they would be back in the Stone Age.
Don’t put that plan past North Korea, etc.
Guess this means Morris is The Bad Guy.
Is Sean Penn playing Morris?
Reminds me of the old bomb shelter days and the stories created. I fear this is on the horizon though.
As the tagline states: “Keep the Faith!”
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Apparently a massive solar flare hit North America just prior to the Civil War. It was so powerful that the embryonic power grid and telegraph infrastructure were fried. Extrapolating from the power of that solar event, scientists say that the same event today would lead to a “Lights Out” or “Remnants” scenario. And such massive solar events happen every century or two.
IOW, we're due. Maybe. Something to ponder.
Nope--that's too early. They will see the nukes coming, and launch themselves. Given the electronic nature of nukes, there is no "good" time to launch without getting nuked yourself.
That's what I thought too. Thanks for the ping TM!
The End Of The World As We Know It
It might already be outdated by then.
Makeshift weapons? What sort of lame suburb is this? I’m betting my suburb has probably close to a 1-gun-per-two-adults ratio, just based on demograpics - and then there are oddballs like my husband and me who are more like 10-guns-per-adult households.
Coming soon to a suburb near you...
The End Of The World As We Know It.
TEOTWAWKI is shorter.
I prefer ‘postapoc’ for the post-apocalyptic genre. Depending on the creators, these narratives run from the worst kind of kitsch to thought provoking, even profound speculation.
At their best, they lay bare the essentially artificial sense of security we enjoy, but which also deceives us. Then the protagonists have to contend with the primal tasks of survival for themselves, their loved ones, and their allies.
Looks like “One Second After” without the sinister cause. Similar societal effect and story.
I guess what you would have to do is launch from only your closest sites at time that has them arrive seconds before the event. Then they get launch warning at the same time they would have to launch to avoid being too late, meaning, it's too late. You still may end up getting screwed, though, because they still have plenty of time to launch, the missiles just won't arrive before the event. We assume this fries the intelligence in missiles, so they no longer have guidance or flight control, the nukes can't detonate, etc, but you're still not olly-olly-oxen-free because even a crashed nuke is a nasty item to have to deal with. Toxic contamination and radioactive as well if the warheads broke open, etc.
Reminds me of Fireproof. Great story and a gallant effort by amateurs, but still has that amateur look.
I mean, we own all the movies by the Fireproof people, and enjoy them, but I see the movies for what they are, technically.
I’d still like to see this if it ever comes out.
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Has a Jericho feel to it. Great series that ended way too quickly.
Have you seen it?
The exact impression I had.
Thanks for the ping
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Art = King Arthur, Gwen = Guenievere, Merl(in), Lance(lot), Morris = Mordred. Ha, Ha. This was a Disney TV Movie Friday night, Avalon High.
Looks like it's the outside entitlement-minded types who resort to makeshift weapons to attack the community. Given recent examples of looting, arson and related mayhem, this is a rather plausible scenario.
Looks good! A common discussion point with my neighbors. I just hope it doesn’t devolve into a lame religious-themed movie like “2012 Doomsday.”
And “One Second After”, but with an EMP from a celestial flare, rather than nukes from an enemy.
looks good...hope the editorializing isn’t too insulting
The trailer might be the best part of the movie. I watched the “clip” on their website called Morris’s Basement. Morris, the evil bad guy of the movie, is a veteran who is a “prepper” or survivalist. He is armed to the teeth and has food for years, so naturally, he is the bad guy. Smells like a PC tilt to me, but we’ll see.
This sounds almost exactly like the online novel “Lights Out” by HalfFast on the AR15 group. I hope he made some money off this. Excalibur = Silver Hills, Art=”Karate Man” Turner, Morris=John, out of town thugs = Davis ranch, gamma ray star = EMP nukes.
Looks great to me! Thanks for posting the link!
The NC State University cap on the woman in the control room piqued my interest so I was watching closely for NC-related things. Then I saw the sign for Trawick Road, which is about an hour from me in Raleigh, NC.
I looked at the homepage of the site after seeing the trailer. This is being filmed in Raleigh and I had not even heard about it!
I can’t wait to see this. Thanks again!
Well, that's where it falls flat on its face, isn't it? You cannot know about "a burst of gamma rays" until it's actually here (i.e., no warning). That's the nature of electromagnetic radiation and what allows us to look into the past by looking at galaxies far, far away...
Thanks for the ping!
I found this thread, and a poster claiming to be the writer of Remnants says that the movie is intended to be a metaphor for what is happening in America today. About how the people who produce and invent have the results of their success taken from them by force.
See post #9 at the following link:
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Well you are assuming this movie is based on current technology...what if they had invented a detection technology at the time of this movie :)