The formula for most of these movies is common for most of these movies:
- Some large landmark will be destroyed with sad music playing
- The main characters generally will survive the disaster, after several close calls of planes crashing, hanging off cliffs, sinking etc
- There will be a love interest, all quiet looks at the beginning and a lusty embrace at the end
- The baddie will get their comeuppance at the end, and usually die in some gruesome way
Now being a middle aged lady, I seldom venture to the cinema to see such movies and are content to stream them for a cheaper price or wait until they are on free tv. After watching the news lately with the two large hurricanes in the US and flooding in Asia, it seems that real life is far more extreme than the fiction we normally watch. With hundreds of thousands of people affected and left hungry and homeless, I can't help but think I am lucky that we have not had such disasters here. So I am thinking that the universal appeal of such movies, is that for all of us, we are just trying to survive and get through, and we all think about what we would do in the same circumstances.