Today – 10th November – is the 56th birthday of the Lord of Mayhem, the Emperor of Destruction, the fantastic Roland Emmerich.
So, why did Empire magazine call Emmerich the Master of Disaster in an interview with the German film maker a few years ago? Let’s take a look at some of credits on his CV:
- 1992 Universal Soldier – director
- 1994 Stargate – director, writer
- 1996 Independence Day – director, writer, producer
- 1998 Godzilla – director, writer, producer
- 2000 The Patriot – director, producer
- 2002 Eight Legged Freaks – producer
- 2004 The Day After Tomorrow – director, writer, producer
- 2008 10,000 BC – director, writer, producer
- 2009 2012 – director, writer, producer
- 2011 Anonymous – director, producer
Out of those 10 films, the majority are adrenaline-fulled, high-action, disaster flicks – he certainly likes his action films! The odd ones of the bunch would be The Patriot, starring Mel Gibson as a farmer who is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son, and Anonymous, which suggests that Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, penned William Shakespeare’s plays.
However, both do feature fairly ‘earth-shattering’ themes; the murder of your child would certainly bring your world crashing down as would suggesting that a famous playwright was, in fact, a fraud.
Out of Emmerich’s films I’d have to say that Independence Day and Godzilla are my favourites. I’ve always had a soft spot for Universal Soldier, too. Though it’s only ranked 21% on Rotten Tomatoes, I find it a thoroughly entertaining film to watch. However, it isn’t Emmerich’s lowest rated film on Rotten Tomatoes, 10,000 BC takes that honour, which I’ve never seen. The Patriot takes the top spot with a reasonable 62%.
- What’s your favourite Emmerich flick?