Take a Tour of Earth in Decay: Google Maps and ‘After Earth’

I love post-apocalyptic films, so suffice it to say that I’m pretty darn excited about the new film After Earth.

From what I’ve heard about the film, it’s set in a future where humanity has colonized the stars after Earth was rendered uninhabitable following a global cataclysmic event. One thousand years in the future, Earth has become an unrecognizable and hostile world. After an asteroid storm damages their craft, General Cypher Raige and his young son Kitai are forced to make a crash landing on an Earth that hasn’t felt a human footprint in a millennium.

It sounds like a pretty good story, and I’ll be grabbing a copy of the prequel A Perfect Beast next week to get some background before the film arrives.

Speaking of background, Google Maps and the makers of After Earth launched a pretty cool promotion this week. If you visit www.AfterEarthDecay.com, you can view ten different sites as they fall apart over the course of a thousand years. The sites are: Golden Gate Bridge, The Statue of Liberty, White House, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, Brandenburg Gate, Copa Cabana/Sugarloaf, The Kremlin, The Sydney Opera House, and Shibuya Crossing.

I’ve found ruins fascinating all of my life, although seeing familiar sites crumbling into chaos is a little bit creepy, honestly. See what you think, and let me know if you’re going to see After Earth!