These days, when it comes to movies, it’s really difficult to be surprised. Between the leaks and the leaks of the leaks, we usually know well in advance about what is soon to drop. However, we got a surprise a couple of months back in the form of a movie trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane. We’ve been hearing rumbles about a Cloverfield sequel for quite some time, but never had anything come to fruition — 'til now.
I was lucky enough to see the movie a day early, courtesy of the good people here at Moviepilot, and the film blew me away. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman give stellar performances that will have you biting your nails right down to the quick. Also, this is the first movie for director Dan Trachtenberg and he does an amazing job. The film is a genre bender in the best way possible and it’s well worth the price of admission. This did get me thinking, though — if you boil this movie down to its truest essence, you can fit it into the category of disaster movie.
So for that reason, I present to you my personal list of top 10 disaster movies of all time. Plots come courtesy of IMDb.
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields, which suggests something more frightening to come.
Signs is one of my favorite movies from when I was young. Sure, Mel Gibson has his ups and downs, but I still very much enjoy this flick. There was just something super unnerving about the aliens that I could never get past. I will admit that this movie is not without its flaws, but it can still be a fun watch.
After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep-core drillers to save the planet.
At a time when asteroids were all the rage in movies, this one takes the cake. I love the quirky idea of NASA recruiting a bunch of deep drillers to destroy an asteroid in space. And you can never go wrong with Bruce Willis or Billy Bob Thornton. If you want something really exciting to watch, this is a perfect pick.
8) 'The Road'
In a dangerous post-apocalyptic world, an ailing father defends his son as they slowly travel to the sea.
Based off a book by the same name, The Road is a really interesting movie. If you're looking for a very personal story, this one is for you. It does a really amazing job of showing how a society could become rabid in these post-apocalyptic scenarios. It also shows you just how much a father can care for his son.
A frustrated writer struggles to keep his family alive when a series of global catastrophes threatens to annihilate mankind.
2012 is a movie that asks many cool questions. It will get you thinking about how you would even handle yourself if you knew the world was going to come to an end. It also makes you wonder if the government is actually telling you all you need to know. Think about it!
6) 'The Day After Tomorrow'
Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek across America to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age.
The Day After Tomorrow poses a really scary idea, and that’s what makes it work. What if the world suddenly plunged into another ice age? What would we do? How would the human race survive? These are scary questions and something really cool to see on screen.
5) 'War Of The Worlds'
As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.
Sure, this movie is just a remake, but it makes the original concept better in every way. Tom Cruise kills it as usual in what is just a really solid alien invasion movie. While it is imperfect, it’s difficult to deny the things this movie gets right.
4) '28 Weeks Later'
Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes to plan.
28 Weeks Later takes everything good and grotesque from 28 Days and kicks it up a notch. This is one of my favorite zombie movies because of how fast-paced it is. The zombies are fleet of foot and frightening, and that gets me every time. If you prefer an adrenaline-pumping zombie, this is the one for you.
A group of friends venture deep into the streets of New York on a rescue mission during a rampaging monster attack.
I couldn’t create this list without putting the original Cloverfield on it. Love it or hate it, this movie really brought the found-footage genre to the mainstream. Sure, there were a few others before it, but none got as much buzz as Cloverfield. I also really happened to like this movie. I thought the idea was very cool and was executed very well.
2) 'I Am Legend'
Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.
I Am Legend is definitely a close second for me on this list. I love Will Smith and I think he does a terrific job in this movie. He really makes you feel the isolation that his character feels throughout the movie. The ending might have been botched, but the DVD version does boast a good alternate, so definitely check it out.
1) 'Independence Day'
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.
Independence Day absolutely takes the cake for me when it comes to this genre. It’s just a classic in its own right. Will Smith once again nails it and the movie is just really fun, from go to woe. The speech scene gets me every time, and with the sequel just on the horizon, I couldn’t be more pumped.
So that's my list. Do you agree with me, or am I crazy? Let me know in the comments.