A few years ago there was a time when I watched a lot of disaster movies. Most of them are actually quite similar. The movie usually starts before the disaster. The main characters are journalists and/or experts in tornados/earthquakes/the disaster in case. Often they try to warn others about the disaster, but for some reason no one listens to them. It is discovered too late that they were right. Family always plays an important role. During the disaster they either try to stick together or are looking for a certain family member. Interesting enough many of these movies are about divorced parents.
Despite or maybe due to these similarities, I like disaster movies. It’s an advantage that I know what I can expect. The movies are always exciting with brave characters that fight for their life. For me they are encouraging and reassuring. If the characters in the movie can survive a terrible disaster, I also will get through whatever I am struggling with. This is my top three:
Most disaster movies are set in the United States. It was a breath of fresh air to find one set in London. At the start of the movie a storm surge is detected. Too late forecasters realize the storm heads toward London. Furthermore a professor warns that the water will break through the Thames Barrier. In just a few hours big parts of London will be flooded…
San Andreas (2015)
The plot isn’t really original, but I loved the characters in this movie. The main characters are helicopter-rescue pilot Ray, his ex-wife Emma and their daughter Blake. When a massive earthquake devastates Los Angeles, Blake gets trapped. A kind boy and his younger brother save her. The three of them try to reach Blakes parents. Meanwhile Ray and Emma are attempting to get to their daughter.
10.5: Apocalypse (2006)
I think this was one of the first disaster movies I watched. This movie stars with a disaster: an earthquake with a magnitude 10.5. It is the trigger for a massive tsunami, the awakening of an extinct volcano and more disasters. Geologists don’t understand why all these kinds of rare seismic events are happening. But Samantha Hill remembers a crazy theory from her father about the movement of the Earth’s tectonic plates. The problem is that her father no longer works as geologist. He is currently a poker player, stuck in a casino in Las Vegas that sunk in the ground due to a sink hole. He may be able to stop all the disasters, if he survives…