One of the biggest disasters of the sea- the sinking of the titanic – can never be forgotten. Mostly because it has been ingrained in our minds through James Cameron’s cinematic masterpiece starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet. The vivid scenes of the movie which was released in 1997 are still revisited by the young and the old generations. A well known sea disaster was turned into an epic love story by portraying the disaster through the eyes of the two lovers. With Titanic, one can well say that the movie was adapted from a real life incident and molded into a magnum opus which is to be remembered for decades to come.
Interestingly, the Titanic is not the only movie made on such high sea disasters. The recent movie to hit the cinemas- In the Heart of the Sea – has also been made on a sea disaster. It follows the storyline of whale hunters who are stuck in the ocean due to poor weather conditions and have to incur the wrath of one of the largest creatures of the sea. This movie is the best personification of the phrase – ‘when the hunters become the prey’. This sea disaster was the source of inspiration for the classic literary work- Moby Dick.
Another movie, The Finest Hours which is all set to be released on the 29th of January is based on a literary adaptation by Casey Sherman. This movie exemplifies the Pendleton Rescue Mission and the difficulties endured by them to carry out the mission successfully. The collisions of oil tankers or leakages of oil are environmental disasters which affect mankind and nature alike. But what happens when two tankers are struck by heavy lightning and destroyed spilling oil and leaving the lives of the people and sea creatures in danger? This adaptation of the 1952 rescue mission is one of a kind and must not be missed under any circumstances. This is a trailer of the movie.
Interestingly, both these high sea disaster movies are releasing within a month from each other. One can only wait and watch the movies to decide their success or failure. But, one thing is for sure that with more adaptations and nature related movies being directed, mankind is becoming conscious of its shared existence with the elements of nature. Movies are educating the mass by showcasing examples of dire consequences of the threatened balance between the mankind and nature.
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