Top 10 Natural Disaster Movies

08 August 2016
M-Net Movies looks at ten natural disaster movies.
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The movies have seen us attacked by aliens, thwarted by machines and plagued by zombies. They’ve also seen the Earth pummeled by floods, fires and disasters from space of the less alien kind. We’re talking, of course, about natural disasters. While aliens, machines and zombies are certainly calamitous, they usually present some manner of fighting back. Nature, on the other, hand is not so easily tamed.

With that in mind, we look at ten of the top disasters to hit the planet in these movies.

1. 2012

Roland Emmerich is the master of disaster, having brought destruction to Earth in the form of aliens in Independence Day and an irradiated lizard in Godzilla. In 2012, he brings about the end of days with a solar flare that heats the Earth’s core, resulting in a special effects extravaganza of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and megatsunamis.

Watch 2012 on Thursday 18 August at 20:00 on M-Net Movies Action+

2. Armageddon

It’s Bruce Willis to the rescue in this Michael Bay movie that sees an asteroid barreling towards Earth. NASA decides the only way to beat this chunk of rock is to send a screwball team of deep-sea oil drillers into space to blow up the asteroid before it collides with Earth.

3. Dante’s Peak

When he wasn’t sipping martinis and eyeing the ladies as James Bond, Pierce Brosnan was trying to outrun volcanic eruptions in Dante’s Peak. As volcanologist Dr. Harry Dalton he travels to Dante’s Peak to to investigate seismic activity, only to encounter a cataclysmic deluge of fire, fumes, lava and gas.

4. Deep Impact

It was the year of disaster in 1998, with both Armageddon and Deep Impact released in cinemas. With a comet hurtling towards Earth, promising extinction, Deep Impact shared more than just Armageddon’s year of release. However, the former fared better with audiences. Hailed as the more scientifically accurate of the two, infused with better acting and direction, and featuring Morgan Freeman as president, it’s easy to understand why.

Watch Deep Impact on Saturday 13 August at 16:20 on M-Net Movies Action+

5. San Andreas

In San Andreas, disaster strikes repeatedly as San Francisco is racked by a series of devastating earthquakes. Luckily for our hero Ray Gaines, he’s a pilot with access to a plane – and when said pilot is played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, you know you’re in safe hands.

Watch San Andreas, your Sunday night movie on 14 August at 20:05 on M-Net and 20:30 on M-Net Movies Premiere.

6. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, a dog named Sorry, and an incoming asteroid, this film stands apart from the rest on the list, due to its focus on the build-up to disaster rather than the disaster itself.

7. The Day After Tomorrow

Roland Emmerich is at it again with this disaster flick that pommels viewers with a series of natural disasters. Extreme weathers events are unleashed upon Earth due to global warming, engulfing the characters in floods, storms and tornadoes.

8. The Impossible

Depicting the horror of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, The Impossible is a brutal emotional rollercoaster. Based on true events, it harrowingly shows the devastation wracked by the disaster, as it recounts the experiences of a woman trying to find her family.

9. Twister

With a screenplay co-written by Michael Crichton (the man behind novels such The Andromeda Strain, Congo and Jurassic Park), you know it will be well-versed in the entertainment of terror. The terror in this case is of the twisty kind, as Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton battle a particularly nasty tornado-filled storm. Hunt, as a storm-chaser and meteorologist, is testing a nifty data-gathering device during the storm, a plot device based on actual research projects.

10. Volcano

Like Armageddon and Deep Impact, Dante’s Peak had an explosive rival at the box office, in the form of Volcano. Neither did particularly well commercially or critically, but at least Dante’s Peak tried to be a little more original with its title.

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