What natural disaster movies will make guys tear up and reach for the Kleenex?
The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies often times have the potential to make guys cry, for example:
"Natural Disaster Movies"
For all the violence and war that cinema loves to glorify, it's easy to forget that there are some movies where the massive death and destruction is in no way our fault. Sometimes Mother Nature just gets cranky and takes her mood out on us hapless humans. Mankind in general and guys specifically view themselves as mastering nature, and filmmakers know this. Even in the minds of climate change deniers, there's a small worry that someday nature is going to get fed up with us and break bad. When that day comes, how we react to the disaster is the subject for a great many gripping films, many of which have very touching and tear-inducing moments.
1. The Core
Shut up, it was a good movie! Boasting such acting greats as Stanley Tucci, Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank, it's a wonder this film got past its casting budget. The idea is classic disaster movie with a twist: The core of the earth (the spinning engine that gives us our radiation shield from the sun) has stopped spinning. Thanks to a ship made of Unobtanium (not kidding, this film used that term years before Avatar) our intrepid heroes dig to the core to set off nukes to get it spinning again. Because why not?
Dodging clichés and questionable yet passable CGI, there is one part of the film that shocked me at how heart-breaking and real it was. It was better than a movie like this deserves to have. Aaron "Two-Face" Eckhart's French friend is in a section of the earthworm-like ship that is compressing rapidly due to damage. Despite his pleas to Million Dollar Captain, the door stays locked to protect the rest of the ship from the same fate, yet the video feed still works. Aaron has to talk and see his friend get compressed to the size of a grain of sand, and the scene is not quick. Haunting, dramatic, and painful to watch. Sure, it turns out the core slowing down was a man-made whoops, but I still view it as nature breaking.