Tag Archives: Disaster Movies

Godzilla

15 years after the death of his mother in a mysterious accident at a nuclear power plant in Japan, bomb technician Ford Brody (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) is told by his father (Bryan Cranston) that he expects a similar disaster to occur again. 60 years after the original Godzilla comes this 3D take that boasts just as … Continue reading Godzilla

The Impossible: Swept Away

NOTHING IS MORE POWERFUL THAN THE HUMAN SPIRIT.   I remember being safe at home in my parents’ house that Christmas holiday in 2004 when several tsunamis that had been triggered by a huge earthquake in the Indian Ocean killed over 230,000 people in 14 countries. Since many of the victims were tourists, the disaster … Continue reading The Impossible: Swept Away

Airplane: Felled by Fish

THE PLANE’S GOING TO CHICAGO! THE PILOT’S GOING TO NEW YORK! THE PASSENGERS ARE GOING TO PIECES!   “Our survival hinges on one thing – finding someone who not only can fly this plane, but didn’t have fish for dinner.” A funny quote from one of the great comedy classics, Airplane!… right? Well, yes, Leslie … Continue reading Airplane: Felled by Fish

San Francisco: Shaking Up Sin City

SHE FELL IN LOVE… WITH THE TOUGHEST GUY ON THE TOUGHEST STREET IN THE WORLD! The most popular film of 1936 is set in 1906, but originally had in its finale a view of San Francisco’s modern cityscape complete with the not-yet fully constructed Golden Gate Bridge (which opened in 1937). When the movie was … Continue reading San Francisco: Shaking Up Sin City

S.O.S. Titanic

When this TV production premiered, two decades had passed since Titanic (1953) and A Night to Remember (1958), two prominent films that chronicled the “unsinkable” ship’s demise in 1912. Director William Hale’s TV movie came on the heels of the 1970s disaster movie trend, but never resorts to the genre’s cheapest tricks. The cast is … Continue reading S.O.S. Titanic

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure

TERROR BEYOND IMAGINATION. Two salvage parties, one led by Mike Turner (Michael Caine), the other by Stefan Svevo (Telly Savalas), arrive at the site of the now flipped-over luxury liner Poseidon. The sequel to The Poseidon Adventure (1972) is a dull afterthought that almost looks like a parody of Irwin Allen’s earlier disaster movies, with unconvincing sets and … Continue reading Beyond the Poseidon Adventure

The Towering Inferno

ONE TINY SPARK BECOMES A NIGHT OF BLAZING SUSPENSE. Architect Doug Roberts (Paul Newman) arrives at the opening party of a new 138-story building in San Francisco, but parts of it are poorly constructed and when a fire breaks out the party becomes a death trap. Along with The Poseidon Adventure (1972), this is the most cherished disaster … Continue reading The Towering Inferno

2012

WE WERE WARNED. Solar radiation causes the Earth’s core to heat up, resulting in unprecedented geophysical activity; our planet is doomed, but there’s a secret emergency plan. Director Roland Emmerich intended to make his final (not so much) and ultimate disaster movie, based on the belief that the Maya calendar predicts the end of the world. … Continue reading 2012

Twister

THE DARK SIDE OF NATURE. When Bill Harding and his girlfriend (Bill Paxton, Jami Gertz) go to see his soon-to-be ex-wife (Helen Hunt) to get the divorce papers signed, they get caught up chasing tornadoes in Oklahoma. The visual effects may look cheaper by today’s standards, but this is still a hugely entertaining (and well-made) disaster … Continue reading Twister

The Day the Earth Stood Still

An alien sphere lands in Central Park and a human-looking figure (Keanu Reeves) emerges; he tells a scientist (Jennifer Connelly) that the Earth must be rescued from humanity. The classic 1951 sci-fi movie gets its modern disaster flick remake; except for the theme of ecological annihilation, not much has been updated and there is little … Continue reading The Day the Earth Stood Still