In the last while earth, more than usual, has been devastated with world wide natural disasters. It is very sad that these horrible natural disastrous phenomenons are not subject only to the silver screen but are here with us in real life Kissasian. Disasters such as tsunamis, volcanoes, tornadoes, earthquakes, forest fires, floods and global warming are only too real and in our back yards. In my opinion this is much more nerve-wracking than any horror movie with ghosts, zombies, vampires and aliens.
All these horrible world wide disasters has prompted me into delving into the cinematic world of natural disaster movies. The newer movies with computer enhanced technology absolutely puts you on the edge of your chair with its great movie effects. Whether flying a little airplane between falling sky scrappers or driving over a collapsing freeway off-ramp, you are moving left to right and ducking along with the terrified cast.
Let us not forget the older disaster movies where the quality of acting prevailed over there limited special effects. Nevertheless the natural disaster movies are well worth watching in movie theaters for their full effects in sight and sound compared to… I don’t know, a romance movie.
This is a great movie, it gets into the personal lives of the citizens of Pompeii in 79 AD only to be disrupted by a volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The actual sudden disaster occurs near the end of the movie, unlike Dante’s peak.
5:13 am on April 18, 1906 is when the devastating San Francisco earthquake occurred. A great movie, but of all the natural disaster movies from this era this one is a little too patriotic, a sign of the times. Yes, this movie is a musical, again a sign of the times.
In this classic movie three convicts end up on a secluded island of Talua, apparently about five hundred miles from Tahiti. The island is colonized with a children’s leper hospital run by two priests. Suddenly the islands fierce volcano erupts and eventually the three convicts rescue the hospital’s children and staff. A very gripping movie.
Lots of action and a little humor thrown into the mix of this great natural disaster movie. The movie is about a team of tornado storm chasers who are trying to perfect a tornado data gathering instrument to predict the onslaught of these devastating phenomenons. The movie magic effects are great.
A Mount St. Helen’s story where the town, Dante’s Peak is nestled on a mountainside in the scenic Washington state just below a dormant volcano. As this mountain starts to show signs of eruption, a volcanologist and the town’s mayor try to convince everyone in town that they are in trouble. Nobody believes them until the volcano erupts and its too late… then the big action packed escape.
Due to global warming a catastrophic effect onto earth occurs with extreme weather conditions such as a tsunamis and tornados. And, all these storms were backed up by global cooling in which everything instantly froze. The next Ice Age. This is a great movie with superb special effects.
If we are talking about superb special effects in movies, this one wins hands down. Working with the ideology of Mayanism, global cataclysmic events become real in 2012. Lots of destruction such as earthquakes and unusual volcanic eruptions. In my opinion this one is the best of all the natural disaster movies and well worth viewing in a theater.
I must have watched Dante’s Peak and Twister about a thousand times. The high intense thrill ride of natural disaster movies does get my heart pumping, probably more so than many horror movies. I guess that is why I admire these flicks just a little bit more.
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