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November 21, 2012

10 of the Best: Cures for a Good Mood

Sometimes I’m in a good mood, it doesn’t happen often but occasionally I have been known to smile. Whenever this anomaly takes place I like to rectify it straight away by watching something that would make even The Joker cry. Here are 10 movies that are really depressing and by the end of them you’ll think mankind doesn’t deserve to survive.


1. The Divide – I saw this in the cinema last year and it is one of the most depressing and harrowing movies I’ve seen. It was great stuff and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it paints a really dark portrait of humanity. It’s about a bunch of survivors after a nuclear bomb goes off and they have to survive in an underground shelter. Hilarity does not ensue.

2. The Road – Even thinking about this film makes me depressed. Viggo Mortensen tries to protect his son in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. It’s grey, miserable and leaves you with nothing.

3. In Hell – JCVD stars in this harrowing prison movie which thankfully does have a relatively happy ending, but the hell that Van Damme (and everyone else in this movie goes through) will haunt you long after watching it.

4. The Book of Eli – I do love my post-apocalyptic movies and this is one of my favourites. The world is in ruins and Denzel has to deliver a book to the other side of the country. Wasteland rapists and murderers are everywhere and you’re probably better off dead. It does end on a hopeful note though and it’s not anywhere near as depressing as The Road.

5. The Day After – Not the Roland Emmerich movie but a film about the day after a nuclear bomb goes off in America. It was apparently so effective it made Ronald Reagan rethink the USA’s nuclear arms policy.

6. Scum – Anyone outside of the UK probably hasn’t heard of this movie and it’s probably for the best. It’s a realllly tough film set in Borstal Prison for Youth offenders. Gang rape and other youthful hi-jinks ensue. It will guarantee you will never want to break the law… ever.

7. Saving Private Ryan – Sure, Ryan gets to come home at the end but practically nobody else does. Upsetting from beginning to end, this really shows the horrors of war and won’t exactly have you running up to join the military. It does however, show the heroics of soldiers and the hell they go through for their country. If you don’t cry at the end then you’re a bigger man than me.

8. Bullet in the Head – John Woo’s underrated Vietnam War movie shows things from the other side’s perspective. When a group of friends are forced to shoot American POW’s by their own soldiers, you’ll be wishing you were watching Hard Boiled instead.

9. Braveheart – Sure it may not be that depressing but after Scottish hero William Wallace has spent the last 2 hours trying to gain Independence for my homeland he is then disemboweled leaving you with pretty much nothing.

10. Rambo (2008) – More people die in this movie than pretty much every Word War combined. It has men, women and children being brutalized and killed. It is also the kinda thing that apparently happens every day in Burma. Thankfully Rambo does save the day at the end but you don’t exactly feel happy about the world.

So there you go, that’s a small selection of movies that can guarantee you’ll never feel joy again. Isn’t that nice? Paw? Git ma gun…

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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