Disaster movies have captivated audiences for decades. Hollywood blew this genre into bigger and more extravagant blockbusters through the ages. Mainstream disaster movies are often packed with action sequences and thrilling scenes of destruction and drama. For this reason, it can be easy to forget about this genre’s independent and more off-beat creations.
Disaster movies are some of the most compelling and awesome stories on the big-screen. They bring to life incredible survival situations; in some cases, even illustrate the raw endurance and mental resilience that humans are capable of in the worst possible scenarios. One of the most captivating aspects of Disaster movies is the way the story, the character’s journey, and its outcome, can really make you think about certain scenarios, social dynamics and real elements of life.
So if you haven’t watched an incredible Disaster movie yet, I highly recommend that you put it on the top of your to-do list. Especially if you decide to watch one of the top disaster films on our Netflix list!
The Impossible (2012)
The Impossible is the cinematic adaptation of an unbelievable real-life event that occurred for a Spanish family who were on a Christmas vacation during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. Although the 2012 movie featured a British cast and storyline, The Impossible remains incredibly powerful and true to the ordeals that the real-life Belón family battled through in order to survive one of the most destructive natural disasters of the 21st Century.
The movie was so accurate to the real-life events, that other survivors of the 2004 disaster, wrote to local newspapers to praise the cast and director for the amazing work they did. So if you’re looking for a disaster movie based on real-life events that truly reflects the essence of how people dealt with their trauma through survival, then this may be the perfect movie for you!
Day After Tomorrow (2004)
In 2004, this high-tech disaster movie that shed a fresh light on the possible severe impacts of climate change blew away audiences across the world. Before The Day After Tomorrow hit theatres around the world, the movie already had some critical acclaim due to two awesome words: Roland Emmerich. If you’ve decided to see a movie that Emmerich has directed, you’re guaranteed to witness one major thing on the big-screen and that is, destruction. Tarantino has bloodshed and feet, while Shyamalan has incredible plot twists, but for Emmerich it’s action-packed destruction. So naturally, in the summer of 2004, when The Day After Tomorrow was just released to theatres, the public was excited.
The Day After Tomorrow is filled with incredible visual scenarios from tornados causing outrageous destruction to New York underwater and a global super-freezing of the Earth. The special effects in The Day After Tomorrow were incredible for 2004 and audiences definitely responded to this. The movie was dubbed “Emmerich’s best yet”. So, if you’re looking for an action-packed blockbuster with an incredible moral premise, then definitely check out The Day After Tomorrow!
Force Majeure (2014)
Force Majeure is an incredibly captivating movie, as it focuses on the nature of a parent’s mentality and more importantly, their guilt. Rather than including the natural disaster itself, Force Majeure analyses the events that occur in the aftermath of an unexpected avalanche at a ski resort. The movie is ultimately about parenthood and the concept of manhood in a more modern way. When an avalanche occurs, a family must flee their breakfast table in order to escape.
Naturally you would think that the father would be the hero of the family and get everyone to safety. However, he flees the table in a genuinely subconscious yet selfish ‘survival mode’, leaving his wife and children behind. Force Majeure is an incredible movie about human mentality and what happens when our genuine survival instincts don’t necessarily extend to the rest of the family. Let me just say, when it turns out that the avalanche was a controlled procedure and resort guests return to their breakfast tables, the movie delves into just how much guilt can play on your mind, when you’re not the hero of the family anymore. If you’re looking for a disaster movie with a little more human psychology built-in, then definitely consider Force Majeure next time you’re on Netflix!
First, I’d just like to point out that 2012 was directed by the awesome Roland Emmerich and for this reason, we already know that this movie is going to be a wild ride of destruction and chaos, in the best possible way. This 2009 blockbuster movie stems from the conspiracy theory and general ‘hearsay’ that the world as we know it would come to an end in 2012. In my opinion, it seems like 2020 was the year to worry about all along. Maybe somebody got confused along the way, I’m not sure? What I do know for certain is that 2012 made it big time at the Box Office, raking in over $769 Million. With a profit margin as large as this, you already know that this movie was hugely successful, and it’s no surprise.
2012 is based on the premise that the Earth’s poles start to ‘shift’ due to ‘neutrinos’ melting, causing a series of natural disasters occurring on a global scale all at the same time. I think in reality, it’s probably our burning rainforests, super-floods and viral outbreaks that are causing the most damage right now. So you can imagine the chaos on a large-scale, if everything was happening at the same time (oh wait?). Nevertheless, it’s certainly an interesting concept to see what movie-makers considered for 2012, 11 years ago. With the large blockbuster element to the movie, it makes for a very entertaining watch that will definitely have you engaged from the get-go! So I highly recommend taking a look on Netflix for this action-packed disaster movie.
The first thing you need to know about Everest is that this movie is incredible. It’s technically deemed to be a biographical adventure film, however it definitely comes under the disaster movie sub-genre. An amazing movie based on the real-life events of the Mount Everest Disaster in 1996. A natural disaster caused by an unexpected blizzard that lasted nearly 24 hours and claimed the lives of many expeditioners who were on Mount Everest at the time.
Everest highlights the true story of the two expedition groups that were on the mountain at the time of the disaster, and their attempts of survival as they go up against probably some of the harshest natural elements humans have ever experienced. The movie illustrates the incredible resilience and mentality of these expeditions groups, as well as delving into human psychology when people are pushed to their absolute limits. All I can say is, put Everest on your movie list because it really is an incredible story!
How It Ends (2018)
How It Ends is one of the latest disaster movies released by Netflix. This movie is literally action-packed from the very beginning, right until the end. How It Ends will absolutely have you on the edge of your seat for some scenes when chaos ensues as American citizens are left without telecommunications during a seismic event on the West Coast. The story follows a man who attempts to travel from Chicago to Seattle to help his pregnant girlfriend during the intense chaos that has broken out.
With armies blocking roads, maniacs rampaging, and no telecommunications working, the story is definitely all-go from the beginning. Netflix have knocked it out of the park once again, with the release of How It Ends, and this disaster movie is certainly worth a watch if you’re looking for an action-packed thriller with a doomsday vibe!
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