Disaster movies have always been tagged and made as something other than what they should be, and sometimes more. A) They are sometimes tagged as a spectacle with little respect for the reality behind the story. (Example: “Titanic”) B) Something to appease “popcorn entertainment” sensibilities through the use of special effects (Example: “2012“, “Volcano”) C) To display the strength of the human spirit and their ability to do heroic deeds (Example: … more
It is interesting how themes in a movie are used repeatedly. It is however astonishing to find two similar themes appearing one after another, within the span of a few hours, in two very different kinds of movies I picked. One is in a Chinese real event story while another in an animated American make-belief movie. How is that for one in a million chance of that happening? Well, it did for me a few days ago. The two movies I’m referring to are “Aftershock” … more
An excellent movie which spans 2 earthquakes (1976 Tangshan earthquake which killed more than 1/4 million people & 2008 Sichuan earthquake which killed almost 70,000, injured over 1/4 million & made 4.8 million homeless). The movie is not about earthquakes per se but centered on the story of people who survived the earthquake instead. Very touching movie. Highly recommended!