Hollywood, Please Stop Annihilating My City


A video montage has been circulating around the Internet the last few days with a compilation of scenes from movies over the last four decades that show the destruction of New York City.  Click here to see it on YouTube.  It includes scenes from Armageddon, Cloverfield, The Day After Tomorrow, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Deep Impact, Ghostbusters, Godzilla, Spider-man, The Watchmen, and many more.

While it was cool to see the mighty King Kong rampaging through the streets of Manhattan and climbing atop the Empire State Building in the 1930s, and while the image of a destroyed Statue of Liberty was an iconic and clever ending to the original Planet of the Apes, and while it was cool to see the Man of Steel battle superpowered villains from Krypton in the streets and skies of a very NY-looking Metropolis in Superman II, the repeated setting of disaster scenes in New York City is becoming somewhat tiresome.  Especially after 9/11, it's actually quite tasteless the more it goes on.

I know that my fair city has a lot of landmarks that are recognizable around the world, but can't filmmakers find other images to blow up?  Seeing devastation in the streets of New York on the big screen, even in a fictional context, still strikes a raw nerve with me.

Some of these post-9/11 destruction scenes arguably might be a metaphor for terrorist attacks (like in Stephen Spielberg's remake of War of the Worlds) or for society's angst about the end of the world (like in the recent hit 2012), but if that's the case, your point has been made, so can we move on and stop with the hyperbolic devastation of the Big Apple?  At least try coming up with a more original idea.

Action movies and disaster flicks are popular genres that appeal to audiences looking for escapist entertainment.  I don't have a problem with that.  I just think blowing up New York has been done to death (no morbid pun intended).  Enough, please?

Thanks.

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