December 16, 2010 § Leave a comment
I have a secret fetish for disaster movies. I like to call it disaster porn, really. There is nothing like sitting with a bucket of popcorn watching millions of people get crushed under a mammoth tidal wave. It sounds sick, I know, but watching thousands of people pointlessly sprint from a barrage of burning meteorites gets my adrenaline pumping more than any disastrous ‘Saw’ sequel ever could.
What fascinates me most about these films is watching human behaviour. While most people dismiss disaster flicks as mental candy, I like to focus on the exploration of how people might behave when faced with imminent destruction. Some people run, naturally. Others stay and fight (and die in a mass yet strangely comical explosion). Some are heroic, others cowardly. And the rest are ants CGI’d in simply to be crushed under the heavy foot of gratuitous schadenfreude.