When the dystopian apocalyptic genre originally came on the scene, it evoked shock and awe in its viewers. It was a future world that was so different from that which was lived that the possibility of it becoming a reality was shocking to viewers, yet still unrealistic. The meaning of post-apocalyptic movies has definitely shifted over the decades since their introduction as a genre.They used to be deeply literal-minded science-fiction metaphors for the world that is to come. In comparison to a post-nuclear, post-global warming, or post-doomsday story line, these movies have shifted from our anxieties about what the future holds for us on Earth, but rather our anxieties about the world we currently live in. There is now a fusion of technology and entropy and alienation. What seems to be emerging out of this change in meaning of dystopian apocalyptic movie is a nostalgia for what we as a civilization no longer have: the world of the 20th century which invented all the doomsday thoughts in the first place. However, the 20th century was a more centered, more optimistic, less disconnected time when even dreaming of the possibility of a negative future felt like a good thing because we weren’t in the realm of that being a possibility. I thought it was interesting comparing a movie such as the original Mad Max (1979) or Planet of the Apes (1968), where this world seems so far-fetched that it is completely beyond our lifetime, with something more recent such as Oblivion (2013) or The Day After Tomorrow (2004), where the plot is much more relevant to today’s world and is therefore seen by viewers as more than possible, maybe even probable.