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Old August 31st, 2005, 04:46 PM   #1
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Disaster survival movies

The deluge in New Orleans has got me thinking about putting together a disaster recovery kit. I want to start by renting movies about people surviving disasters. So, what can movies teach me about surviving a disaster? What ones should I see?
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Old August 31st, 2005, 09:42 PM   #2
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you mean real documentaries about disasters ?

or hollywood movies kinda thing etc?
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Old August 31st, 2005, 09:54 PM   #3
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If you're even in an atomic bomb attack, you should duck and cover. Really.

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Old September 1st, 2005, 01:27 AM   #5
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Dawn Of The Dead is my favorite disaster survival film.
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Old September 1st, 2005, 10:19 AM   #6
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Red Dawn! They need to do a re-make of this, but it's a great film in my opinion.
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Old September 1st, 2005, 01:22 PM   #7
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I think every disaster recovery kit has to have at least one rocket launcher.
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Old September 1st, 2005, 01:38 PM   #8
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Hmm, there are so many. Just a few off the top of my head:

Earthquake
Dante's Peak
The Day after Tomorrow
28 Days Later
Hard Rain
Supervolcano
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Old September 1st, 2005, 02:02 PM   #9
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The one thing you can learn from the movies, that I think is also accurate in reality, is that the survivors tend to be aware and informed about their environment and it's dangers. In the case of the movies, there's always an expert around for exposition on important environmental clues. But in real life, these clues tend to be ignored or dismissed. Adding this information to your disaster survival kit would be a key element.

Something along the lines of how do you spot a <disaster>, what should you do if you're in a <disaster>, where should you go ..., what are the local terrain, conditions, and resources like, what are the vital things to start attending to, etc.
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Dawn Of The Dead is my favorite disaster survival film.
Dylan, I picture myself like the smart guy who Sarah Polley gets the hots for.

But like that smart guy, I probably would end up getting bitten just before I have a chance to escape.
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Old September 1st, 2005, 02:59 PM   #11
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One of the cable networks - I think it was VH1? - did a great satirical program on the "rules for disaster movies." I wish I could remember them all, but the only one which comes to mind is "greedy people get killed."
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Old September 1st, 2005, 09:10 PM   #12
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Dylan, I picture myself like the smart guy who Sarah Polley gets the hots for.
Sorry man, in that movie, you are "one armed zombie #3".
Heh heh heh...

I love epic, world scale disaster movies.
Others:
Deep Impact
Armageddon
Twister
There were two volcano movies that came out around 5 years ago, forget the names.
The Core (name?)
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 02:03 AM   #13
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how about independence day.
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 02:07 AM   #14
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Dante's Peak and Volcano.

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Originally Posted by Dylan Couper
Sorry man, in that movie, you are "one armed zombie #3".
Heh heh heh...

I love epic, world scale disaster movies.
Others:
Deep Impact
Armageddon
Twister
There were two volcano movies that came out around 5 years ago, forget the names.
The Core (name?)
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Old September 3rd, 2005, 02:12 AM   #15
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Towering Inferno is another.
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