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Things You Can Learn From Disaster Movies

Movies are a massive form of entertainment, whether they take everyday events and turn them fantastical or give insight into something new. Even the simplest movie is an opportunity to learn something. This article will look at disaster movies and what they can teach people.

The Horror of Disasters

People often remember the horrifying sequences of destruction in disaster movies. Many don’t experience disasters or know the fear and horror of an earthquake or tornado. These movies help people sympathize and understand what others face in these dire situations.

Survival Chances

The most straightforward and obvious message from a disaster movie is how you can improve your chances of survival. Seeing what people do during a disaster can help teach you what to look for and avoid. You can learn more about preparing for a disaster, like how you can protect your windows during a hurricane.

Community and Family

One consistent theme through many disaster movies is the need for people to work together to survive the situation. Selfish behavior can lead to short-term success, but only those who work together to overcome the disaster’s devastation will succeed. Additionally, after the disaster, it’s the community that comes together to rebuild.

What Truly Matters

The last big lesson to learn from disaster movies is what really matters in this life. Everyone is equal in the eyes of a natural disaster, and anyone can die in a disaster movie. We see the characters stripped of their possessions and struggling to hang on to life, which is where we learn what truly matters.

Disaster Movies

Don't Look Up
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Andrew D. Pringle (Actor)

A writer's depression infects his imagination and begins to manifest his demons.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley (Actors)

A mysterious force knocks the moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it.

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HD. Gerard Butler stars as a man who embarks on a harrowing journey of survival with his family in this epic end-of-the-world thriller.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish (Actors)

A satellite network developed to control the weather on Earth backfires, causing a series of deadly disasters led by a massive geostorm.

San Andreas
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario (Actors)

When the San Andreas fault triggers a magnitude nine earthquake, a search-and-rescue helicopter pilot must navigate the destruction from Los Angeles to San Francisco to bring his estranged wife and daughter to safety.

Crawl (4K UHD)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Kaya Scodelario (Actors)

A young woman attempting to save her father during a hurricane finds herself trapped in a flooded house and must fight for her life against alligators.

  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney (Actors)

The story of Chesley Sullenberger, who became a hero after gliding his plane along the water in the Hudson River, saving all of his 155 passengers.

Deepwater Horizon (4K UHD)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich (Actors)

On April 20th, 2010 one of the world's largest man-made disasters occurred on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.

While these are lessons you can see in most disaster movies, you’ll learn different things from each film. That’s the beauty of the art, as it allows a creator to share their take on these issues in their own way. One movie will show people’s failures, and another will focus on a family staying together through it all. But these themes are almost always present in disaster movies.

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