National Geographic: Forces of Nature
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National Geographic: Forces of Nature
Kevin Bacon narrates this documentary (produced by the National Geographic Society) which examines the elemental power of earthquakes, tornadoes, and volcanoes. Combining striking archive footage with computer-created reenactments and interviews explaining just what causes these natural forces to lose control, the film's sequence on volcanoes is centered on the massive Soufriere Hills eruption of 1995, while an tremor in Izmit, Turkey, which cost the lives of 17,000 sets the stage for a segment on earthquakes, and Dr. Joshua Wurman leads a group of "storm chasers" as the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of the few movies where the word 'awesome' truly applies."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"A tad dated when it was finished earlier this year."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"An engrossing 40-minute National Geographic documentary."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"Forces of Nature doesn't just show nature at its angriest; this film explains how and why as well. It's a highly entertaining way to learn valuable lessons."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"This is one of most beautifully shot documentaries in recent memory."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Often breathtaking, Forces of Nature reminds us of the true meaning of global power."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"An intermittently spectacular science lesson."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"This 50-minute tour of three of nature's great disasters will leave you shaken. Sometimes literally."
‑ Jim Carnes, Sacramento Bee
"Captures the grandeur and terror of our Midwestern cyclonic storms."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Puts audiences extremely close to a series of deadly disasters of the type most of us just read about."
‑ Jackie Loohauis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Great images, to be sure, but there are just not enough of them, and too many static shots of researchers confabbing over instrument panels."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"While the Hollywood movie cooked up its killer weather on special-effects computers, these are real."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"An entertaining but frustratingly brief look at the way earthquakes, tornadoes and volcanoes affect humanity."
‑ Lawrence Toppman, Charlotte Observer
"While occasionally dry and over-reliant on computer-generated visualizations of the Earth's core and tectonic plates, this documentary's impressive footage of natural disasters is nothing short of amazing."
‑ Angel Cohn, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If you're a person who thinks 'severe weather advisory' means 'time to sit on the porch and watch the lightning,' you'll go for Forces of Nature."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
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