Science: Courting Disaster

These movies make taking on Mother Nature look easy

By Jessica A Knoblauch

The Core (2003)
In order to jumpstart the earth’s core, which has stopped rotating, a team travels to the center of the planet to detonate a nuclear device.

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

In this postapocalyptic thriller, Bruce Willis travels back in time to prevent the spread of a virus that wiped out most of humanity.

Armageddon (1998)
A doomsday asteroid is hurtling toward Earth, and only an oddball deepcore drill team can save the planet by setting off a nuclear warhead in the rock.

Volcano (1997)
A volcano erupts in downtown LA, threatening the city with boiling lava. Tommy Lee Jones tries to divert the raging lava river to the Pacific Ocean.

Twister (1996)
Scientists chase after tornadoes, trying to plant sensory devices inside the vicious twisters to learn how they form.

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