We are starting our top three 1997 disaster movie list with this epic. At number three it is the worst among them, and the reason for that is totally unrealistic and pretentious script. Especially towards the end, where you will find yourself saying (or shouting) lame at every other scene; it almost fits the category movies so bad that they are good (it fits, moved to this category). But great cast, and even better special effects somehow saved it. And when I say saved it, I mean that this movie is watchable, if for nothing else than for the enormous quantity of cliches and scientific inaccuracies. Another interesting thing is the social commentary, where the writers decided that a disaster movie should show “average” people what are the true “American” values. I wanna say pure ideology, but Volcano didn’t even manage to do that.

Mike Roark is trying to save the city of Los Angeles from the erupting volcano, and he is doing a damn good job. What amazed me most about the script is Mike’s total devotion to his daughter, so he is willing to sacrifice hundreds of people just to save her. And speaking of that, I must mention one scene, SPOILER alert, when they are about to detonate the charges, set in the nearby building, Mike runs through the explosion for about 200 meters just to jump on his daughter and some retard that wandered of in the middle of the volcano. And after this immense structure fell on top of the Mr. Tommy Lee Jones, he triumphantly emerges from the debris with two children. Epic fail. Even if he was Terminator, or SkeletonMan he could not pull that off, and this is an example of that social commentary that I was talking about in the first part of the review. But still this movie is interesting enough for those lazy Sunday hangover mornings or afternoons. Enjoy.

Director: Mick Jackson

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Don Cheadle, Keith David, John Carroll Lynch, Marcello Thedford

Fun Stuff: The lava was primarily made of methylcellulose, the thickening agent used in fast-food milkshakes. The ash was made mostly of ground newspaper.

IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120461/

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