Over the years, we have all seen some disaster films, such as the director, Roland Emmerich‘s The Day After Tomorrow (2004) & 2012 (2009) shortly after they were released, including the classic disaster film, Twister (1996), which was directed by Jan de Bont. The question is, are they the kind of disaster films that are feasible to real life situations?
I believe so, and I’ll tell you why. Because they represent the kind of events that could happen in real life, given just how well done those films are.
In Twister, they show countless tornadoes popping up almost left, right and centre depending on which areas are subjected more to those kind of weather conditions the most, with double tornadoes forming on water at certain points in the movie, including a flying cow just for humour. Even though the films mentioned above are just special effects, they create an image of what life would have been like for all of us if we ignored any warning signs.
The Day After Tomorrow was a near-accurate representation of what life would be like if there were sudden weather changes across the whole planet, as you could see throughout the film that certain parts of the planet, such as downtown Los Angeles being quite literally ripped to shreds with its deadly tornadoes ripping off the famous Hollywood sign, as well as posing a major threat to life.
Following the disastrous events in The Day After Tomorrow, 2012 continued on the major turn of events, but this time not just based on weather patterns, but also the tragic turn of events that shows the whole world falling to its knees as a result of the Yellowstone Volcano Eruption that impacted the whole world.
Things take a turn for the worst in 2012, as everyone around the whole world has to fight for their chances of survival in order to survive the end of the world.
Deep Impact, which was directed by Mimi Leder was more of a hands-on film, as it was based on what we all thought would be the end of the world, after one of the characters in the film noticed something wasn’t right and did everything he could to try and report the information about the meteor that would hit Earth unless something was done to stop it.
As we all saw it in the film, New York suffered at the hands of the meteorite the most as the meteorite smashed itself into the sea, causing maximum damage to those caught in the devastating tsunami that followed soon after.
After a group of people who were already in space crashed themselves into the devastatingly large fragment of the meteorite, this saved everyone around the world from sealing their fates, which, in turn, caused a meteor shower, all thanks to the team of people who saved the world from maximum destruction.
In Armageddon, which was directed by Michael Bay, this was more of a gripping disaster film, as a group of astronauts headed into outer space to stop a deadly meteorite from killing everyone on Earth.
The reason I strongly believe these films were made was not just because of the fact they created an image in our minds based on what would have happened, but because they create an alternative timeline to life, showing us how things could have turned out if our lives had been the other way around.
I love all these films not just because of the fact they look so realistic, but because they are feasible and also because of the fact they all create a bold approach to life, as well as the real dangers it asks us all to really look out for.
Overall, these films are the kind of the films I would watch again any day, as they are the type of disaster films I would watch and never get bored of.
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