September 21, 2012

The Next Great Disaster Movie

It seems like disaster movies do not get enough love on this site as I think they deserve. Disaster movies are some of the oldest forms of action movies in cinema ranging all the way back to 1901. Whether it is tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, volcanoes, or man-made, you are sure to expect some epic scale destruction from these films even some of the more low budget fare at times. However, it seems that is where disaster movies have been relegated nowadays: straight to DVD schlock. I don’t mind schlocky disaster movies or the straight to DVD section at all, but this is one subgenre that deserves to be in theaters accompanied by a huge budget in order to fully create these disastrous scenarios. The 70’s brought us numerous disaster movies with huge big name casts like The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Airport, and Earthquake! The 90’s we also saw a resurgence in disaster movies with Twister, Volcano, Dante’s Peak, Deep Impact, Armageddon, Independence Day, and Backdraft. Lately, disaster movies have fizzled with only a few entries in recent years mostly from Roland Emmerich like The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. I just need to ask is where is my cinematic disaster movies?

These films deserve to be in theaters with big budgets. They can still bring in big cash and display some truly awe inspiring setpieces. Twister remains one of my favorite action movies and favorite movies of all time simply because of how much fun it is. Fun characters, great effects, and a hefty slice of destruction to deliver a truly memorable experience. Disasters can still be told on the big screen with numerous other topics to cover whether it be solar storms, tsunamis, or even man made disasters. They can retain the goofy and campy feel of the 70’s or injected with a serious tone like some disaster movies of today, but still retaining the fun of watching cities get destroyed. Disaster movies are some of the reasons on why we go to the movies: sensational escapism. I understand that in the shadow of real life tragedies like the Indian Ocean tsunami and several earthquakes, it might seem to look like a bad decision to showcase these films in the cinema. However, I still stand by that these types of films can help exhibit how strong people can be when presented with these kinds of scenarios. I want to see a resurgence of this type of action film as this is one of the more underrated of the action subgenres.

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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