This week I thought I’d do something a little different and do 10 movies! That’s right 10 for the price of 1, aren’t I good to you. What follows is my run down of my top 10 disaster movies. So without further to do, let’s begin with number 10 (like you hadn’t guessed)
10. Dante’s Peak
Not one of the classics but a good watch. One of the best scenes is the river of acid, however the end is weak and what’s up with the death of one of the supporting characters. You really feel when he’s about to die but the sound guys went mad and added a wilheim scream, muppets.
In contrast we have the totally unbelievable story of a volcano which erupted in downtown LA. The reason this film rocks, well it has Tommy Lee Jones.
Big spaceship like boats to save the human race. Really, you’re joking right? This movie is one of the most spectacular, but a weak storyline and a predictable ending doesn’t help. On the plus the whole Yellowstone explosion just makes it worth it.
7. When Worlds Collide
One of the George Pal sci fi double. Most people say this movie is all about its special effects and the story is watered down crap, but this really dips into the idea of rich people spending their money to save life as we know it. Yes its more “here’s our money we would love to help and want nothing in return”, rather than in 2012 when they pay for seats on the ships and screw all the poor people. It’s a short film and an easy watch.
6. The Day the Earth Caught Fire
Rubbish film, but the uncertainty at the end was ahead of its time so it deserves a mention.
5. Indepndence Day
The modern day War of the Worlds. With its all star cast, cracking special effects and what I would consider to be one of Jeff Goldblums best roles, though it may have some thing to do with Jude Hirsh playing his dad. The chemistry between the two is spot on. Are two sequels necessary? We will have to wait and see.
Jan de Bont’s awesome movie about some tornado chasers trying to get a new piece of equipment into one to get more information. The team is lead by Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt who were married and are going through a devorce and well you can guess the rest. Oh and Philip Seymour Hoffman as a bit part, classic.
The unrealistic cousin of Deep Impact, but more enjoyable. An incredible line up headed by Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton and supported by Will Patton, Ben Affleck, Owen Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clarke Duncan and Lib Tyler. Plus a special mention to Peter Stormore, his character is by far the best, the crazy Russian who appears not to know the cold war has ended.
Alex Proyas can’t do any wrong, even though he did make the Crow. Even Nick Cage is bearable and even borders on a credible performance. If you want to know if blu ray is worth it, all you have to do is watch the plane crash sequence, it is our of sight. Even though the end brings in the religious card, you can look past that and even smile at the movies conclusion.
Just a quick point before we look wd my choice for the number one disaster movie, I’d like to point out that I hadn’t forgotten War of the Worlds, Day of the Triffids, the Day After Tomorrow etc. They didn’t make it in the run down as I believe I put the best examples into the countdown. Also I’d like to take this opportunity to mention The Day After. Accredited to single handed putting an end to the Cold War, unfortunately this little gem, directed by the great Nicholas Meyer, was a made for TV special and can’t take its place here. Although I would recommend it, if you can find it.
So here it is…
On The Beach
The power of this piece is incredible. The cast adds to that with Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins, Ava Gardener and of course Gregory Peck. So what’s the story? A nuclear war has wiped out most the worlds inhabitants, the only place left is Australia. But for how long. What would you do if you only had a few days left? It has a lovely balance to the picture. There are some nice scenes which distracts the audience front the impending disaster. For me though, what really affected me was the scene when the young couple with the child have to decide weather to give it the suicide drug or just let it die. It gets me everytime. It was remade in the early naughties as a mini series which is just as affective.
So theres my top ten. If you have any ideas for the next top ten drop me a line. See you soon.