After “Don’t Look Up”, why not discover other disaster films on the Netflix platform? We recommend three!
2012. Never has a date been so important for many cultures, religions, scientists and governments. Roland Emmerich’s feature film, a veritable “Mister Catastrophe” of the seventh art to whom we also owe Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow or even Moonfall, currently in theaters, tells the heroic battle of a group of survivors in following a planetary cataclysm…
In this apocalyptic work with striking special effects, the tectonic plates begin to slide, causing multiple earthquakes and destroying Los Angeles in the process. The novelist Jackson Curtis, played by John Cusack, then throws himself headlong, with his family and like millions of individuals, into a desperate journey. Not everyone can be saved…
To bring to the screen 2012, Roland Emmerich chose to use purely visual effects, but also “old-fashioned” physical effects by performing stunts on several “moving” sets and sets. More than 500,000 tons of steel were used to manufacture these mobile sets. The director explains: “Using both gave me the freedom to choose for each scene what best served the story and what kind of effects worked best to make the scene believable.”
It should be noted that with 2012, Roland Emmerich destroyed the White House for the second time in his career, several years after independence day. It was not then the aircraft carrier JF Kennedy, carried away by a gigantic tsunami, which reduced the prestigious building to dust, but an extraterrestrial attack.
Thanks to unprecedented cooperation between States, a network of satellites now controls the climate and protects populations. Until the device goes wrong… Is it a conspiracy or a flaw in the system? Then begins a real race against time… Such is the pitch of the disaster film Geostorm, led by actor Gerard Butler.
It may not be a coincidence: Geostorm is directed by Dean Devlin, who has collaborated on several occasions with the “Mister Catastrophe” Roland Emmerich. He has indeed officiated as screenwriter for most of his great successes such as independence dayStargate or Godzilla.
The idea of a climate-controlling machine came to Dean Devlin when his six-year-old daughter asked him about the phenomenon of climate change. “The most natural thing in the world, she asked me why we couldn’t just make a machine to solve the problem”recalls the director. “It gave me a whole bunch of ideas about what might happen if we actually built this kind of machine. What if it goes sour?”
And the filmmaker continues: “So I started with a whole set of hypotheses: what if we waited too long to tackle climate change? What if, conversely, we tackled the problem head-on? What if we invented an extraordinary machine which would make it possible to control the climatic conditions on the whole planet? And if, there again, the situation turned to the disaster?
In order to prepare the visual effects for Geostorm, special effects supervisor Jeffrey A. Okun approached the project from three angles of attack. Firstly the terrestrial film which includes many more invisible visual effects, secondly what happens in space (where everything was filmed in sets and on sets without too much travel) and finally, thirdly, the disaster movie.
SAN ANDREAS (2015)
The feature film San Andreas depicts a magnitude 9 earthquake in California, caused by the opening of the infamous San Andreas Fault. A mountain rescue helicopter pilot and his estranged wife then leave Los Angeles for San Francisco in hopes of saving their only daughter.
The pilot and his ex-wife, played by Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino, embark on this dangerous journey upstate, thinking the worst is soon behind them. But they are quick to understand that the reality is even more appalling…
It was producer Beau Flynn who came up with the idea for San Andreas. A big fan of disaster films, he wanted to modernize the genre thanks to 3D and current technologies, which make it possible to produce images of unparalleled realism. This story was directly inspired by a personal experience, he who lived through the Northridge earthquake in 1994.
Asked about the reasons that led him to accept this role, Dwayne Johnson Explain : “With a movie like this, it’s all about scale and dimension. You imagine the biggest earthquake the Earth has ever seen, and you wonder what it might look like to the viewer… But for Ray, there’s more at stake than survival. He is trying to reunite his family… in every sense of the word.″
Note that the music of San Andreas adopts a new approach. “Composer Andrew Lockington obtained sound recordings of the moving San Andreas Fault from scientists”explains the director Brad Peyton. “He then transposed this information into musical notes. The music, just like the sound effects of the earthquake that you hear in the film, are therefore inspired by the real sounds of the San Andreas fault!”