You should know by now that I absolutely love a disaster movie. From cheesy 90s classics like Dante’s Peak and tense, emotional disaster flicks like Deep Impact, to the cheesy modern-era of big-budget blockbusters like San Andreas, I just can’t get enough of seeing the world catapulted into catastrophe.
Forgive me for being apprehensive then when I saw that Gerard Butler would be taking on the lead role in Greenland a film about a planet-killing comet hurtling towards earth. You see, as good an actor as Butler is, his film role choices of late have been, shall we say, questionable.
The ‘Has Fallen’ trilogy for instance are absolute trash and the less we say about Gods of Egypt the better, and even his last disaster film, Geostorm was only serviceable and faded into the background of this highly competitive genre. But am I right to be apprehensive or are we looking at the next brilliant disaster film? That’s what we’ll find out in this review.
For those of you not living in the UK at the moment, this top 5 may seem a little peculiar. But stick with it. For the past couple of days, Britain has been gripped by ‘the beast from the East’ as it’s been nicknamed. Bringing freezing temperatures and blizzards, it has completely crippled the nation – as it always does.
Why a world superpower like the United Kingdom ceases to function at the mere hint of the white stuff is another debate for another time, but while I’m watching it fall from outside my bedroom window, I thought I might as well look through the best snow films ever. That is, films that feature snow heavily, either as an aesthetic practice or in the overall plot of the movie. And blimey, there’s more than you’d think. Read on to find which five made the cut and share your thoughts in the comments box below. Continue reading →
I’ve got to start by telling you I wasn’t holding out much hope for Geostorm and that’s for quite a few reasons. Firstly, Gerard Butler’s career has been on a bit of a slide recently.
Last year was particularly rough for the Scotsman, with London Has Fallen and Gods of Egypt receiving less than 2 stars here at Movie Metropolis. Secondly, Geostorm has had one of the most turbulent productions of any blockbuster in recent memory.
It actually completed main shooting in 2014 but after a negative audience reaction, it’s release date was pushed back numerous times and costly reshoots were drafted in to sort out the presumed mess. Now, in Autumn 2017 it’s arrived. But what’s it like? Continue reading →
Who doesn’t love a good disaster movie? From Dante’s Peak to The Day After Tomorrow, there’s enough city-levelling action in the movie archives to terrify even the most urban of us.
The genre came to a head somewhat in 2009 with the overly cheesy 2012. Directed by Roland Emmerich, aka the disaster movie king, it was a huge box-office success but audiences were turned off by the idea of destroying the entire globe.
After a few years off, the genre returns with San Andreas. But can this earthquake-based blockbuster evoke memories of yesteryear’s disaster flicks? Continue reading →