"Surely these are the keys to a disaster film:
1. Inept, ordinary-guy divorced protagonist with estranged teenage children (plus remarried ex-wife)
2. Tourists taking pictures of impending disaster
3. Highways blocked with traffic
4. A government department that knew all along
5. A 'cliched dissenting Republican', who's determined that we 'cannot evacuate the city with mayoral elections in November'
6. A dog
7. A hunch that something just isn't right...
8. Someone who can fly a plane
9. Outdated radio technology
10. A geeky scientist
11. Lines of Humvees/tanks/APCs
12. At least one, and preferably several, destroyed American cities
13. A trip to or from the American Midwest
14. A moral ending that shows, despite the millions of dead, that we can grow and be stronger
15. "I will find you - no matter how long, no matter how hard"
16. Intuitive animals, normally flocks of birds
17. That last-ditch grab with the hand of what previously had been out of reach
18. The stupid person that tries to save themselves, and dies first, a damned coward!
Find me a good disaster film without all of those..."