The End of the World Came and Went, But Training for the Apocalypse Never Ends

Categories: Film, TV
The Mayan end-of-days' days passed without the world ending, but you suspect that won't stop the subjects of Rob VanAlkemade's gripping (and surefire) new documentary from preparing for what they believe to be the inevitable.

Training for the Apocalypse, which premiered on NatGeo last spring and is now out on video, profiles different survivalists who figure it is just a matter of days before most of the human race goes "pfft."

There's an exiled Mormon prophet who saw Barack Obama's 2008 presidential election as the ultimate sign the world is ending, calling it an "Obamination" to have a black man in the White House. Other than the help, presumably.

Family time
One of the Park City, Utah-area prophet's estranged followers is a laundry detergent-deficient fellow shown teaching his young children how to use firearms. There's nothing wrong with that, but seeing the kids facing rifles pointed at them on a bed and, in the case of the chap's oldest boy, being berated by the patriarch for missing targets is disturbing--especially in light of recent mass shootings.

The lens is also turned on a Provo, Utah, fellow who, after nearly dying in a motorcycle accident, sold his business and real estate in favor of starting a utopia in the middle of nowhere for survivors of the world's end. A now grown guy raised terribly in Philadelphia, PA, had been prepared to enter his bunker alone with his family--until an LSD trip created a feeling of wanting to help his neighbors survive, too.

Lock and loathe
The least attention--deservedly so, because he's boring--is given to an anonymous Los Angeles "badass" who proudly displays his arsenal while wearing a mask and having his voice electronically altered ala a 60 Minutes whistleblower.

VanAlkemade, who directed the 2007, Morgan Spurlock-produced documentary What Would Jesus Buy? and 11 episodes of the reality TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter, has a knack for capturing the closely guarded with their guards down. But even more impressive is his editing and use of music, which gives his film a breezy feel--no small trick when one is presenting overlapping stories.

Here's the trailer:

Training For The Apocalypse (trailer) from ro*co films on Vimeo.

You never get the idea that VanAlkemade is shocking you for shock's sake. His subjects matter-of-factly do that one their own. I, for one, was left feeling I should be training for dealing with humanity-hating knuckleheads.

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Thanks Matt what a great article. Our crew of 3 or so would be happy to follow up w a Q&A if / when anyone has any Q's at some point. Happy new year!


10 Signs That You're Fully Awake
Isn't it obvious that there is a significant global awakening happening? Just as the Mayans predicted so many years ago, the apocalypse would become apparent in 2012. But many misinterpret the apocalypse to be the end of the world, when in fact it actually means an "un-covering, a revelation of something hidden."
As many continue to argue the accuracy of the Mayan calendar, it can no longer be argued that a great many people are finally becoming aware of what has been hidden from them for so long. Of course this awakening is not an overnight process. It takes time to peel away the many layers of lies to get to the core of the ultimate truths.
It would be beyond pretentious for us to claim to know all of the secrets of the universe. We don't. Everyday we are humbled by what we don't yet know.
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What kind of world do you want to live in?
~Our Own Government,is Our Own Enemy~

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