When society breaks down, either after a natural or manmade disaster, the first rule of life is lawlessness. The strong suppress the weak, using them for their own illicit aims while struggling to maintain their position of power. We have seen this happen time and time again. Films like these follow a similar pattern—lone warrior battling a brigade led by an enigmatic madman, the attempt to restart civilization resting squarely on the shoulders of someone whose agenda may be as selfish as the one of those he or she is fighting. It’s ‘holding out for a hero’ time.