When the Earth Wakes Up: 10 Movies About Earthquakes

If a person considers himself the king of nature, then only before an earthquake, when the crown flies off an arrogant head in a matter of seconds. The victims of one of the most powerful tremors in history were 830 thousand people. Seismological disasters are not uncommon, they account for 13% of the total number of natural disasters. What happens at the moment when the ground is under your feet, you can see in films about earthquakes and disasters, and be glad for those who managed to survive.

Spitak (2018)

On December 7, 1988, a powerful earthquake occurred in Armenia. In just 30 seconds, while the elements raged, the fate of many people changed. Dozens of cities and villages were wiped off the face of the earth, 25 thousand people died, and more than half a million lost their homes. Having learned about the tragedy, the Armenian Gor, who once left his family for the sake of a career, returns from Moscow to his native city. He seeks to find his wife and daughter among the huge number of victims and try to restore what he himself destroyed in the past.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Lernik Harutyunyan, Hermine Stepanyan, Alexandra Politician …

Country:
Russia, Armenia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Break (2018)

The action of a foreign movie about an earthquake takes place several years after the geologist Christian predicted a tsunami that covered a coastal Norwegian town. In the sequel to The Wave, a visionary scientist and his family move to Oslo and, as a result of research, come to the conclusion that the capital of Norway will soon be in mortal danger. And if at the beginning of the 20th century seismological activity only led to destruction in the city without human casualties, then this time the impact of the elements will be crushing.

Original title:
Skjelvet

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Stig R. Amdam, Kristoffer Yoner, Eni Dahl Thorp, Edith Hogenrud-Sand…

Country:
Norway

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
16+


Earthquake (2016)

The dramatic film, created by Armenian and Russian filmmakers, will tell about a large-scale disaster in 1988. Strong tremors claimed tens of thousands of lives and displaced more than half a million residents of Armenia. On the day of the tragedy, Konstantin returns home after serving a prison term – and ruins appear before him. The man joins the squad, where a young guy, Robert, rescues survivors from the rubble. Fate brings these two together not for the first time: once upon a time, Konstantin became the culprit of the accident in which Robert’s parents died.

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Konstantin Lavronenko, Maria Mironova, Viktor Stepanyan …

Country:
Armenia, Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
12+


San Andreas Fault (2015)

The list of the best films about earthquakes will continue the American action movie about the pilot Ray, who saved strangers all his life. But this time, the closest person of the pilot will need help. A powerful earthquake hits California, killing hundreds of residents of the city and splitting the earth with a huge crack. In the general chaos, Ray needs to find his daughter – for this he will have to try very hard, risking his life.

Original title:
San Andreas

Genre:
Action, thriller, adventure

Actors:
Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Aftershock (2012)

The film by Chilean director Nicolas Lopez is able to shock the unprepared viewer with scenes of violence, proving that a person can be more terrible than any natural phenomenon. Tourists come to rest in Chile, where an earthquake is about to happen. In the entertainment program of one company – dancing and a lot of booze . Shuttling between different places of entertainment, friends find themselves in a cool underground club. But a natural disaster turns the prestigious place into ruins. And this is just the beginning – a real nightmare awaits the guys who got out from under the rubble at the top.

Original title:
Aftershock

Genre:
Thriller, drama, horror, crime

Actors:
Eli Roth, Andrea Oshvart, Ariel Levy …

Country:
USA, Chile

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.8

Age restrictions:
16+


03:34 Chile earthquake (2011)

The feature film about the earthquake is based on the real events of 2010, when a devastating tsunami formed in Chile due to tremors. The drama shows three true stories of people caught in the middle of terrible events – a woman who lost her children in the chaos of a natural disaster, an escaped criminal looking for his daughter, and a youth company that fell into the very epicenter of the disaster.

Original title:
03:34 Terremoto en Chile

Genre:
Thriller, drama

Actors:
Marcelo Alonso, Andrea Freund, Fernando Gomez Rovira …

Country:
Chile

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.1

Age limit:
16+


Earthquake (2010)

An atypical film about a natural disaster – a psychological drama from the Middle Kingdom tells about the events of 1976, when an entire city was practically wiped off the face of the earth in China. During a catastrophe, twins, a brother and sister, find themselves under the rubble of the house. You can save only one of the children – and the mother will have to choose which of them to give a chance, and herself to find a sense of guilt for life. How to make a decision dooming the death of a second child? And how to live for someone who was saved by the death of another twin?

Original title:
Tangshan da dizhen

Genre:
Drama, history

Actors:
Xu Fan, Zhang Jingchu, Yang Lixin …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
16+


Ice Shivers (2010)

The filmmakers decided to fantasize about what global warming could lead to by creating a sci-fi thriller with an original plot. Geologist Michael suspects that frequent earthquakes in Alaska are related to the destruction of glaciers. However, the media say that there is no need to panic and there is no danger. Meanwhile, thawing permafrost leads to the formation of streams of liquid methane gas, whose evaporation is fraught with grandiose natural disasters.

Original title:
Ice Quake

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Drama, Adventure

Actors:
Brendan Fehr, Holly Elissa, Jodelle Ferland…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.8, IMDb – 4.2

Age Limits :
12+


10.5 points (mini-series, 2004) 2004

The two-part film will focus on devastating natural disasters that destroy skyscrapers, break lives and devour human lives. Terrible events begin with an earthquake with a force of 7.9 points. Washington literally before our eyes turns into ruins. But this is just the beginning. The next blow – 8.4 points already shakes California. The pace is picking up, and according to the forecasts of seismologists, another powerful blow is coming, which could lead to the end of the world. The only way out is a directed nuclear explosion.

Original title:
10.5

Genre:
Fiction, action, thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Kim Delaney, Fred Ward, Ivan Sergei …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Panic in New York (mini-series 1999)

The top earthquake films will end with a thriller that will take the viewer to the eternally sleepless city of New York. It is worth seeing an epic spectacle where concrete crumbles like a cookie, the Statue of Liberty falls like a toy, skyscrapers crumble, the metro is buried under rubble, but residents try to help each other, despite the panic. Meanwhile, the city’s mayor and former fire chief are in a race against time to deal with an emergency. Someone will show himself as a hero, and someone – as a real coward.

Original title:
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Tom Skerritt, Sharon Lawrence, Charles S. Dutton …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

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