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3 Films That Can Teach Us Survival Skills
The survival genre is a favorite for those who love the great outdoors. Here at Maman on the Trail.com you can find a comprehensive list of the 24 adventure movies that inspire Maman and her family. A lot can be learnt from these films on how to survive in difficult situations. If you are interested in learning about what the survivor genre can teach you about the great outdoors then take a look at the three films we have recommended below.
There is no greater outdoor survival story than being trapped alone on a desert island with only having your wits to survive. Throughout the film, Tom Hanks’ character has to learn numerous survival skills to stop himself from starving. One key scene is when he finally succeeds in making fire using just the materials he has at hand. Indeed a later scene in Cast Away shows us how much we take simple things for granted, like fire, when Hanks is shown to casually flick a lighter on and off.
There are many lessons to learn from Cast Away. The most important point is to never give up. For those who are interested in survival skills, a British army officer wrote an article, inspired by the film, focusing on surviving on a desert island for The Telegraph. While it is unlikely (we hope) that this should happen, the article does point out some interesting lessons that can be applied to any outdoor activity.
Fighting extreme elements is a common theme in films about the great outdoors. The Grey starring Liam Neeson follows the story of six plane crash survivors struggling to survive in the frozen wilderness of Alaska. What is interesting about Neeson’s character is that at the beginning of the film he is a husk of a man, he then finds his inner strength as he is forced to adapt to horrific circumstances. The Grey shows that even in the most dire of circumstances we have the ability to adapt to try and beat the overwhelming odds.
Surviving in extreme wintery conditions is a common theme in adventure fiction. Early examples include Jack London’s White Fang and Call of the Wild both of which were popular survival stories that have become literary classics. Today many companies use our fascination with survival to promote their various products. Modern entertainment outlet Slingo, through their slot game Siberian Storm, have used extreme winter imagery to capture the same excitement of survival for their players. Slingo is renowned for using pop culture references to enhance their games and Siberian Storm capitalizes on the public’s love for survival stories.
Being stuck on a far away planet would be an extremely difficult situation to deal with as there is little chance of rescue. It is surprising then that The Martian is such an upbeat film that can teach important lessons on how to maintain a positive outlook even in the direst of situations. In Survival Life’s top survival skills learned from the film they spoke of how: “having a sense of humor in a survival situation will put you in good spirits, which will keep you healthy and thinking clearly, and keep you from falling into despair.” Life can throw an unexpected spanner in the works at any time and maintaining a healthy mindset through humor could be the difference to whether you succeed or fail.