Disaster movies are kind of fascinating, if only because I get the feeling that many of us think that they somehow couldn’t happen to us (and sure, if you’re talking about movies like Independence Day or Man of Steel-mediocre superhero film, great disaster movie–then you’re probably right).
I don’t think that this tendency is exclusively an American one, though since one of our biggest exports to the world are movies and television shows, it’s more noticeable. For example, the upcoming disaster movie San Andreas happens to take place in California, a part of the country known for tectonic instability, though interestingly the biggest measured earthquake in this country happened not there, but in Alaska in 1964.
It killed 131 people and the following tsunami caused $2.3 billion in property damage, making it the second largest temblor, worldwide.
I guess what I am trying to say is that it may be cool to see the Rock (Dwayne Johnson) save people in the knick of time, but that scenario–minus Johnson–not only isn’t that far-fetched, but is eventually even likely, depending upon where in the country you happen to live.
If you ask me, that’s pretty sobering.