Now, to be perfectly honest I haven’t had that many disaster movies to write about. Disaster Report 4 is a welcome inspiration for them indeed. And yes, I’ve had an abundance of survival movies in my writing tenure. Different types of survival horror movies yes. More on them here. But the full-on disaster ones are still very scarce for me. Which is why I’m excited about this post. Not only did I get to write about a great disaster game, but also some cool disaster movies.
Narrowing Down The Disaster In Disaster Report 4
First and foremost, allow me to mention that I have all the respect for earthquake survivors and all my prayers go to victims affected by such cataclysms. I’ll be focusing on the game and the movies, which are mainly works of fiction, that mainly rely on a real event as inspiration. Thanks to Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories I will be focusing on earthquakes as a scary form of a natural disaster. I even experienced several of them just a few months ago, and let me tell you. They’re frightening for sure. While thankfully they weren’t that strong (about 4.5 according to the Richter scale), the first of the many did manage to wake me up at 5 AM.
Oh, and of course. Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories is not only available for purchase here at IndieGala but also on sale. But hurry that sale is ending soon. Hurry up!
But What’s Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories All About?
Well, in its essence it’s is a single-player, action-adventure game. Developed by Granzella Inc. and published by NIS America Inc. It’s also one of the few games that saw the light of the day in North America and Europe in April of 2020. During the first peek of the Coronavirus pandemic.
But when a massive earthquake strikes the city you’re visiting, you find yourself at the epicenter of a chaotic and catastrophic crisis. So, it’s up to you to rise above the calamity, gather your thoughts and your fellow survivors. And of course, outlast the disaster. Aftershocks, fires, collapsing buildings and debris will become part of your everyday life. You will also meet fellow survivors, and together you will try to get out of this nightmare. Indeed, you will have to work together as a team in order to escape the crumbling city. So make sure you’re ready. Are you?
Fun fact: The fourth entry in the series was originally meant to be released for the PlayStation 3. But its production was halted in 2011, three days after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. However, the production resumed with a new publisher in 2014, and voila.
A Good Movie Selection
I played all of the previous episodes, it is not exactly a game, it is more an interactive story about how you feel about what happens, said _VentiSette_ on Steam about the game.
A walking simulator that takes place in Japan during a huge natural disaster, just the thing I needed to get my mind off the pandemic outside. Added cdap on Steam
And it’s precisely this particular theme that got me to this post. Moreover to the content of this post. Earthquake related movies. We have a fun little list for you revolving around a less fun event, so we do hope you’ll enjoy our selection. Let’s begin, shall we?
It’s quite simple really. And the title is very descriptive. It’s about earthquake! But in fact, this is a fine 70’s disaster movie, and it’s truly a spectacle. Not just because of the A-list stars in the cast. But also because of the direction of Mark Robson and the fantastic special effects. Well, they are pretty great for the era anyway. Oh, and did I mention that this movie was co-written by Mario Puzo? Yes, that’s true. The writer of The Godfather is the co-writer of this blockbuster. But some of those A-listers include Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Walter Matthau and Richard Roundtree. Among others.
And the premise is quite similar to Disaster Report 4. A group of people is trying to survive the aftermath of a dangerous earthquake in Los Angeles. Simple, yet effective premise don’t you think?
Fun fact: In a bizarre coincidence, the location on the first day of shooting was rocked by an earthquake. In an even more bizarre coincidence, an earthquake also struck the location where the last day of the shooting occurred.
From Hollywood I’m moving on to European cinema. And much more recent times I might add. With The Quake, of course. It’s a 2018 disaster movie from Norway and it’s quite good actually. It’s a great smart thriller with lots of action. And if you’re a fan of disaster movies, this will satisfy your cravings instantly. Set in Oslo, the geologist Kristian Eikjord (played by Kristoffer Joner) is bracing for another disaster. This time a catastrophic earthquake. Sure it has melodrama and overacting, but it also has some pretty good action and tension. Not to mention some nail-biting scenes.
Fun fact: When they say that from a quake of magnitude 6 to 8, it’s not a factor of two but 1 million, it’s wrong. 1 unit of magnitude difference is 32 times. So here a magnitude 8 is 1,024 times more powerful than a magnitude 6, not 1 million.
San Andreas is in it’s most stripped essence a disaster movie with The Rock in the lead role. You just know what you’re getting just with the main star of the movie. Insane action, and lots of mindless fun. But this movie is about a powerful and destructive earthquake that will all but diminish both, Los Angeles and San Francisco. After the major shift in the San Andreas Fault of course. And Ray Gaines (the Rock) will have to work fast in order to save his family from the impending doom. San Andreas is a loud, ridiculous and action-packed movie. And of course, it suited The Rock perfectly. You almost can’t picture anyone in this role, but him. However, I must admit the presence of Carla Gugino and Paul Giamatti really gave the movie acting gravitas.
Fun fact: San Andreas is the name of the tectonic fault line that runs through most of California. Seismologists have been predicting for years that California is due for a massive earthquake caused by this particular fault.
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York
What better way to finish this post, than with a late ’90s two-part mini-series? Set in New York no less. But it’s a perfect fit for this post i might also add. A group of survivors from a devastating earthquake are fighting for survival among the ruins of what used to be the Big Apple. Aftershock: Earthquake in New York has an impressive cast (Charles S. Dutton, Sharon Lawrence, Tom Skerritt, Lisa Nicole Carson, Jennifer Garner among others) And truly great visuals too. Even for the late 90’s standards. But all and all it’s a pretty tense and exciting mini-series that deserves a second viewing.
Fun fact: Chuck Scarborough, the author of the novel, is a veteran local news anchorman in New York City.
Which Are Some Of Your Picks For The Disaster Report 4 Movie List?
Which other movies or TV series would you add to this list? Tell us more about some of your favorites. Let us know in the comment section. We’d love to know.