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Dwayne Johnson’s 2015 blockbuster movie San Andreas is about a series of massive earthquakes around the San Andreas Fault. Johnson plays a rescuer who enlists wife Emma, played by Carla Gugino, to rescue daughter Blake played by Alexandra Daddario.

San Andreas is an American disaster movie written by Carlton Cuse and directed by Brad Peyton. The film stars Carla Gugino, Dwayne Johnson, Ioan Gruffudd, and Alexandra Daddario. San Andreas received a mixed review from critics, though it grossed $474 million worldwide.

The movie is a commercial hit, and audiences praised the performances and visual effects of the film. This article will try to list some disaster movies the same intensity as Sam Andreas.

The Core (2003)

The Core is an American science fiction disaster movie directed by Jon Amiel. It stars Hilary Swank, Aaron Eckhart, Stanley Tucci, Alfre Woodard, and Bruce Greenwood. The film focuses on a team and their mission to drill the Earth’s center with a series of nuclear explosions to restart Earth’s core rotation.

The plot revolves around a Geophysicist Dr. Josh Keyes, played by Aaron Eckhart, and scientists Dr. Conrad Zimsky, played by Stanley Tucci, and Dr. Serge Leveque, played by Tcheky Karyo. They become aware of the instability of Earth’s magnetic field. The team discovered that the Earth’s molten core has stopped rotating, and the field will collapse within a year, which will result in exposing the planet directly to the solar radiation. A team of experts is sent to drill the center of the planet and set off a nuclear explosion to restart its rotation. The movie is aware of its B-movie plot and ludicrous setting, yet it is fun to watch such science fiction with lofty visuals.

The Wave (2015)

The Wave is a Norwegian disaster film directed by Roar Uthaug. The film was officially submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but failed to be nominated. The film depicts a future event in which Akerneset crevasse collapses in More og Romsdal. The sequel of the film titled The Quake, directed by John Andreas Andersen, was released after three years of the original one’s release.

The movie’s screenplay starts with an experienced geologist, Kristian Eikjord, who is having the final day of his duty in the Norway tourist destination Geiranger. He is planning to shift to Stavanger with his family. After the farewell fest with his colleagues, the monitoring station’s sensors indicate that the groundwater has disappeared. And the story then further unfolds. It leads to a forecasted tsunami that was caused by an avalanche.

The Wave focuses on family drama, and the title is smartly chosen as “wave,” indicating the future event to illustrate the trauma. The film is genuinely effective and presents a gut-punching pay-off.

Volcano (1997)

Volcano is an American disaster movie produced by Neal H. Moritz, Andrew Z. Davis and Luren Shuler Donner, while Mick Jackson is the director of the film. The storyline of the movie starts in Los Angeles when an earthquake strikes the city. The director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, Michael Roark, played by Tommy Lee Jones, insists on helping out with the crisis. Emmit Reese, his associate, reports that the earthquake caused no significant damage, though seven utility workers were later burned to death at MacArthur Park. The management realized the threat of magma activity arriving from La Brea Tar Pits, and it became too late to protect the city. Roark and his team decided to divert the lava flow to the city street. Billy Ray and Jerome Armstrong write the screenplay of the film. Along with Jones, the movie stars Anne Heche, Keith David, and Don Cheadle.

It was amazing watching the movie despite some flaws in the screenplay. And the lava sequences depict the man versus nature scenario.

The Quake (2018)

The Quake is the sequel to the 2015 movie titled The Wave, released on 31 August 2018. Director John Andreas Andersen directed both the movies. The film’s plot starts a year after the accident of landslide in Geiranger, and a geologist named Kristian Eikjord is preparing a talk show. He is hailed in the show as a hero for saving hundreds of lives. The story grows, and the city of Oslo is alerted for an 8.5 magnitude earthquake. And once again, Eikjord has to deal with altered phenomena with family.

The two films are incredible, and it brilliantly depicts the core family drama placed in a disaster sequence, while keeping the disaster storytelling in the center. The movie holds an 84% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 37 reviews, with an average of 6.73/10. The Quake received The People’s Amanda Awards for Best Visual Effects in the 2019 Amanda Awards.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

The Day After Tomorrow is an American science fiction disaster movie, directed, produced, and co-written by Roland Emmerich. The film is based on a book named The Coming Global Superstorm written by authors Whitley Strieber and Art Bell. The film depicts the catastrophic environmental and climatic changes that follow the disruption of the North Atlantic Ocean circulation and results in extreme weather changes that lead to a new ice age. It stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, Emmy Rossum, Ian Holm, and Sela Ward. The Day After Tomorrow hits the marks of Roland Emmerich’s movie and depicts the ludicrous science. The above are a few disaster movies that you might enjoy on your weekends.

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