Plot – A volcano erupts in downtown Los Angeles, threatening to destroy the city.
Director – Mick Jackson
Released – 1997
Volcano was the second film to open in 1997 after Dante’s Peak depicting a volcano eruption. It’s good but doesn’t quite reach the same lofty heights, but then again it’s hard to imagine a film about a volcano erupting in Los Angeles to be anything other than a cheesy good time.
Director Mick Jackson does a great job of distracting the viewers from the implausible events taking place on screen with the use of action sequences that for the most part still look solid, with the exception of a CGI tower block that’s showing its age, however, struggles to make up for the shortcomings when it comes to the writing, after all, Volcanos plot isn’t the most straight forward, with a couple of seemingly needless subplots and is one of those films where characters will have arguments and discussions at the most improbable of moments, as lava falls all around them.
Admittedly I’m willing to give the film some slack when you get to enjoy the wonderful acting of Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche, both of which are perfectly cast as Mike Roark, director of the O.E.M and Amy Barnes, geologist and seismologist. Not only this but once the film moves away from sub-plots racist cops and minor characters marital issues, it focuses on the action and destruction, which is what you really want from a disaster movie, all of which keeps you glued to the screen as the stakes get raised higher and higher.
So yeah, Volcano may be a little basic when it comes to development and one dimensional in terms of characters, however, if you like your disaster movies a little more traditional and a little corny, you will find the movie to be an enjoyable time made all the better by two great leads.
If you liked: Twister, The Towering Inferno, San Andreas