Sunday, January 31, 2010

What the Apocalypse Sounds Like

Since I'm presently teaching my composition students the elements of descriptive writing,appeal to senses is at the forefront of my mind.

So when I saw a movie with Dave today, where the end of the world was more than shown, it was heard, I was intrigued.

The scuttling of a cockroach up a wall; a dry, dusty wind whistling over a collapsed bridge; the scrape of a metal water pump; the scuff of worn boots across cracked asphalt...In the Hughes' brothers' latest film, not only does sound make Armageddon more real to its viewers, it is paramount to its characters' survival. They rely on this sense to keep safe, to get food.

If the flap of a crow's wings and the buzz of silence don't get you, the music definitely will.

The Apocalypse sounds like "The Book of Eli."


Shannon O'Donnell said...

That movie was truly an example of the power of description! You are so right, Jennie. :-)

Shelli said...

that was a vivid scene