July 29, 2012

Disaster Movies: The Unsung Heroes of the Action Genre

What’s the first thing we think about when someone says “action film”? Explosions, guns, fights, cop and robbers and the list goes on and on. However, where does that fit disaster movies? Are they considered to be action movies as well? It is obvious that they are seeing that they are always placed in the action section of video stores and are usually described as action packed. However, there seems a lack of enthusiasm towards disaster movies as a great subgenre within the action genre as a whole that delivers on the entertainment in terms of destruction and mayhem.

There are plenty of classic disaster films out there that deliver the heart pounding excitement that you would out of a Die Hard or Rambo movie. Movies like Twister, Dante’s Peak, Earthquake, and The Towering Inferno are great examples of disaster movies that deliver that adrenaline rush. However, for every good disaster movie, there are countless mediocre and bad ones that clutter the market. The Day After Tomorrow, 2012, Category 7, and many more have essentially dumbed down this subgenre to the point that it feels more of a cliché than the clichés used in buddy cop action film. I feel that the numerous below average efforts are what makes the disaster subgenre as a redheaded stepchild in the action movie family. Yes, he’s not an outright abomination to the family, but we rather that people don’t pay attention to him.

All we really need is another kick-ass disaster movie again. One that feels realistic and delivers on the destruction without being too overly sappy with family subplots or overly ridiculous with the kind of implausibility that would make jumping out of a jet plane seem mundane in comparison.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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