Directed by: Je-gyun Yun
Starring: Kyung-gu Sol, Ji-won Ha, Joong-Hoon Park, Jeong-hwa Eom
In the very large shadow cast by 2012, there was at least one other noteworthy disaster movie released during 2009. A South Korean production, Haeundae (a.k.a. Tidal Wave or Tsunami) is a low budget effort in comparison with Emmerich’s juggernaut (hey, most movies are!) but is nevertheless a quite entertaining piece of disaster melodrama.
This time, we can look forward to some Meteor Apocalypse. Joe Lando stars alongside Claudia Christian, whom I liked a lot during her stint as Cmdr. Ivanova on Babylon 5 years ago. The story:
A gigantic meteor enters Earth’s orbit and begins to disintegrate, showering the entire planet with debris.
And what’s that at the top of the poster? Why, yes, it’s a quote from Revelations. Turns out Meteor Apocalypse is released through Asylum’s subdivision Faith Films, so there might be quite a bit of religion thrown in with the mayhem. Buyer beware.
Street date is February 23rd.
Directed by: Corey Allen
Starring: Rock Hudson, Mia Farrow, Robert Forster, Jeanette Nolan, Rick Moses, Barry Primus, Cathey Paine
Here’s a prime example of the kind of film that it takes a disaster movie fan to appreciate. The Roger Corman production Avalanche, starring a Rock Hudson well past his prime and a Mia Farrow of the pre-Woody era, is certainly not a good movie. However, once things get going it is actually pretty fun to watch, if only for all the wrong reasons.
Directed by: Robert Iscove
Starring: Stacy Keach, Richard Thomas, Steve Landesberg, Don Harvey, David Caruso
One of these days I’ll have to write a definition of what a disaster movie is. I suppose many would categorize Mission of the Shark as a war movie, and they would not be wrong, but it certainly deals with one particularly catastrophical incident so here we go.
Mission of the Shark tells the story of the the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis. Yes, it’s the very same story Captain Quint tells in that scene in Jaws.
Directed by: Jon Amiel
Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Stanley Tucci, Delroy Lindo, Tchéky Karyo, DJ Qualls, Bruce Greenwood
I will always have the highest regard for director Jon Amiel, but The Core is not the reason for that.* This is a movie that plays like a cross between Michael Bay’s Armageddon set underground and cheesy 1950’s sci-fi flicks — comparisons I’m certainly not the first one to make. Watching it, I actually had to remind myself that The Core was released as late as 2003 and is only six years old. The plot and so-so visual effects make parts of it feel quite dated already.
…and we’re back. Been busy with other obligations over the holidays, so not much time (or energy) to watch and write up disaster flicks. But now it’s time to get back in the saddle. I hope you all had really happy holidays, because now worldwide destruction is on again. In a couple of hours, the year’s first review will be up.