When Will Hollywood Destroy a Canadian City?

Thomas Rogers laments the fact that no disaster movie has bothered to obliterate a Canadian city or landmark.
August 23, 2011, 12pm PDT | Michael Dudley
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Rogers wonders if the absence of Canada in disaster and science fiction films reflects architectural insignificance:

"When films like Independence Day show news reports of spacecraft threatening major global cities, they always seem to leave out Calgary or Montreal. For some reason, Godzilla has yet to make a detour to Halifax and Roland Emmerich has yet to drop an aircraft carrier on Medicine Hat.

The more you think about it, this lack of apocalyptic destruction isn't just baffling – it's infuriating, and more than a little bit depressing. The fact that Canada hasn't been attacked on film has an implicit, dispiriting message: The rest of the world just doesn't care about us, or about that giant antenna we built in the middle of downtown Toronto. As architecture professor Max Page wrote in the Boston Globe, the fact that New York is the frequent setting of people's worst fears means that it is also the home to their greatest hopes. If Canada never bears witness to its own destruction, it suggests we have nothing worth destroying in the first place."

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Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 in Globe and Mail
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