Branded Hollywood sub-genre, which requires colossal capital investments and special effects of the highest standard, is a catastrophe. The list of the best (2013-2015) films consists of paintings produced in the USA, which is not surprising. It is really difficult to compete with the Americans in the production of films about man-made accidents and natural disasters.
Atmosphere of safe horror
In general, watching movies-catastrophes (the list of the best 2013-2015 edition will be presented in this publication) is quite pleasant, because it is always possible to predict in advance what will happen, although it is unrealistic to know for sure exactly how everything will happen. The spectator quietly rejoices at his foresight and insight, incidentally marveling at the ingenuity and sophistication of the authors-creators. At the same time, plunging into the atmosphere of safe horror, intensified by 3D technology, a person involuntarily identifies himself with the main character. It is these emotions that are caused by films produced in the period from 2013 to 2015. And related to subgenre "film-catastrophe".
The defeat of San Francisco
"The San Andreas Fault," directed by Brad Peyton, is a classic blockbuster catastrophe. This project is carefully and finely arranged by components, which turn it from a banal horror story into a masterpiece of cinema with multilayered overtones. According to the story, the protagonist Ray (Duane Johnson), a helicopter pilot of the rescue team, failed to save his marriage. His wife Emma (Carla Gugino), taking their baby Blake (Alexandra Daddario), moves to another, better-off man Daniel (Joan Griffith). One day, Ray leaves for an emergency call to Nevada, where a powerful earthquake occurred on the Hoover Dam . At the same time, one of the unrecognized geniuses of science, Hayes, specializing in studying the causes and predicting the consequences of earthquakes, puts forward the theory that this cataclysm is only the first swallow. The fact is that the state of California is the fault of San Andreas, which has just become more active. And the epicenter will soon be San Francisco, where Ray's daughter is.
Despite the banal plot, clearly following the laws of the genre (who will survive, it is clear from the first minutes of viewing), the film "The San Andreas Fault" is an enchanting and spectacular spectacle.
The film-catastrophe directed by Stephen Quayle "Towards a storm" forced to get into the seat of not only spectators, but also the most hardened film critics. The authors of the picture presented an incredible tornado to the audience. The creators of visual effects worked on the glory, because the screen is the real end of the world in the microscale of one town: the heavens are opened with funnels, whole houses and cars are floating in the air. For greater persuasiveness, scriptwriter John Soetnam ranked his tornado to a non-existent category 6, and the director applies the style of amateur and documentary shootings, ideally suited for such subgenre as disaster films. The list of the best (2013-2015) catastrophe pictures would be faded without this blockbuster. According to the idea of the authors, in the province of Silverstone begins a powerful storm. At the epicenter are students during the graduation ceremony. Meteorologists sound alarm, warning the population that the worst is yet to come. The inhabitants of the town are looking for shelter, but there are desperate guys who decide to shoot a tornado. For the sake of successful personnel, they are ready for anything.
Visual effects are the most spectacular part of the catastrophe film "Towards a Storm". The key to success was the professionalism of the screenwriter, the masters of the visual part and special effects and the generosity of the group of producers of the picture.
Witty story twist
Blockbuster "After our era" presented the viewer one of the most moving creative duets of his son and father in the history of the world film industry. Unlike other similar films, stuffed with the wonders of science and technology, the "new planet" that mankind moves to is represented by an untouched ecosystem. For modern cinema, this is a bold innovation. After all, there is an opinion that if the film is not oversaturated with special effects, then its fate is predetermined and it will certainly fail in the world box office. The picture of the painting "After our era" is rather strange, sometimes realistic and precise, sometimes cartoonish. Nevertheless, the name of the director M. Knight Shyamalan's project is not the worst one ever shot, as well as the dull "home video" of the Smith family. The author, of course, is sometimes excessively sentimental, but he manages to keep the spectator in suspense all the timing of the picture, and in the finale to strike with a witty plot twist.
The plot of the picture is somewhat different from the scheme that all catastrophes use (the list of the best 2013-2015 is not an exception). The plot narrative begins after a thousand years after the global cataclysm, because of which the surviving people had to leave the Earth and settle on the planet with the name Nova Prime. Some of the central characters - General Cypher Ridge (Will Smith) with his son China (Jaden Smith), return to the new house, but during the asteroid storm their device crashes on Earth. Cypher is seriously injured, his son, in order to save his father, must travel a considerable distance and turn on the rescue beacon. Teenagers at every step are trapped by the dangers posed by the hostile environment of the ex-cradle of mankind.
Flying sharks return
Became the famous ribbon "Shark Tornado", the beginning of the original franchise, had a frenzied popularity and a record audience. Success, as usual, turned the head of the producers, so the question of the appearance of the sequel was predetermined in advance. "Shark Tornado 2" directed by Anthony Ferrante, released in 2014 and is a plot continuation of the original picture, does not actually differ from the first film. This time, the dying hurricane went to New York, carrying an armada of bloodthirsty predators. By the will of fate in this city at the same time are the main characters of the first episode. Naturally, having learned about the imminent threat, ignoring the danger, they decide once again to save the distraught city dwellers. The plot narrative of the film is perfectly balanced, so the timing runs from the ideal speed for a tres-tape without the annoying sag, which sometimes suffer from catastrophe films. The list of the best (2013-2015) paintings replenished with a real horror, thanks to the efforts of the project team.
An excursion into the past
The film "Pompeii" (2014) of the joint production of Germany and Canada, directed by Paul US Anderson, is unquestionably considered a subgenre of catastrophe films. This spectacular and luxurious spectacle: the creators do not bother with the plot twists and turns, paying more attention to the setting of gladiatorial fights and a romantic line. But everything fades at a time when, according to the idea of the creators, Vesuvius wakes up. Pompeii drown in darkness and soot, the earth shakes, everything around is collapsing. The film has no special director's discoveries, it seems that the whole crew is playing in the eruption of the volcano, not without pleasure ruining the ancient city, lavishly falling asleep with the remains of ashes.