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Earthquake
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on July 5, 2002
In the 1970's, Hollywood seemed to fall in love with a new genre of movie: the disaster film. By, the time "Earthquake" was released in 1974, film audiences had already been treated to big guns of the disaster movie canon: "Airport", "Poseidon Adventure", and "The Towering Inferno". By now, Hollywood had perfected the disaster film formula. It includes the macho leading man who has all the answers and leads people to safety (while typically battling a failing marriage and worrying about his mistress), the all-star cast, the clueless people who ignore warning signs and act stupid when the disaster occurs, the silly rescue sequences, the cheesy (but fun) special effects of the disaster, and, most importantly, George Kennedy(!). The macho guy in this movie is ... Charlton Heston, who is dealing with a crumbling marriage to Ava Gardner while carrying on an affair with a young Genevieve Bujold. All the while, his business partner and father-in-law, Lorne Greene, turns a blind eye to the marital problems. There are a few scenes where some scientists predict the earthquake coming and where some dam workers are affected by the early tremors. There are a few other generic 'slice-of-life' caricatures going about their lives completely oblivious of the impending doom. None of the characters are the tiniest bit memorable. Once the earthquake actually starts, the movie gets moderately entertaining. The special effects are cheesy, but it still is amusing to watch. Of course, the earthquake is the big thing in this movie. The story had little cohesion prior to the disaster and almost none after the disaster. There are just a bunch of rescue attempts and scenes of general anarchy in the aftermath. All in all, there is very little to recommend this movie. It is nothing more than a generic, paint-by-numbers disaster flick. But, if you like the disaster movie genre and it comes on a local TV station some Saturday afternoon, it may be worth a little bit of time watching... like when you're doing your laundry!
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on June 10, 2002
The special effects may be good but I think the movie itself is kind of dated these days and like most disaster movies the special effects are the main attraction and the dialogue is a little hokey!
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on July 13, 2004
Goodtimes is a small VHS/DVD distributor, usually of long forgotten bad movies and that's why their sooooooooo cheap.
Of course you get what you pay for.
And what do you expect with Charlton Heston?
Eventually all 'Chuck's movies' will wind up in the Goodtimes bin!
Because Charlton Heston can't act his way out of the proverbial paer bag.
Chuck once had muscles (just like Popeye) and his biceps got him into the movies. But he always needed to be stuck in big budget epics like this brain fart. Why? Because if you pay attention to all the DTS Dolby stereo High definition yaddas then you won't notice the huy can't act!
Even most Hollywood reviewers who like the poor big dumb fella have written that this is one of his worst.
Yuk
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