Roland Emmerich has made a career of destroying the world and ignoring the aftermath. All his movies – Independence Day, 2012, etc. – end on a hopeful notion of survival instead of the incredibly depressing realization that billions are dead and all the cities are ruined. Finally, he’s produced a film that isn’t just apocalyptic, but post-apocalyptic. The German film Hell, written and directed by Tim Fehlbaum, is about a near future where the Sun has scorched the Earth into a barren wasteland. Emmerich is an executive producer and while the film doesn’t have a U.S. release date yet, it opens in Germany next month. Read the plot description and check out the very cool trailer after the jump.

Thanks to io9 (via Geek Tyrant) for the heads up. Here’s the trailer. If the English subtitles don’t come up, just click the little “CC” on the menu.

Don’t let the Paramount Pictures logo fool you, that’s not a U.S. trailer. It’s Paramount Germany.

Here’s the plot description:

It was once the source of life, light and warmth. But now the sun has turned the entire world into a baked and barren wasteland. Forests are scorched. Animal carcasses line the roads. Even the nights are dazzlingly bright. Maria, her little sister Leonie and Phillip are heading for the mountains in a car with tinted glass. Rumor has it water can still be found there. It is a hazardous trip to nowhere. Along the way, they run into Tom. He turns out to be a first-rate mechanic and becomes indispensible. But can they trust him? The tension grows. As if things weren’t bad enough, they are lured into an ambush and their real battle for survival begins…

I like that the post-apocalyptic situation in Hell isn’t some kind of man-made disaster, like a bomb, but instead an obvious commentary on the environment. It’ll be interesting to see if that sentiment is all over the film or just in the subtext.

Had you heard of this film? Are you excited to see it?

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