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Ring of Fire [Blu-ray]
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Doesn't anyone look at dailies any more?
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come', then read on ...)
Paxton, Oregon used to be a sleepy little town. Oh, it had its share of ups and downs as the residents of this TV miniseries will tell you as they recount past deaths that led to split families and even a few divorces. But when a sinister oil baron (played by TV regular Terry O'Quinn) and his laser drill technology threatens to rip open the very fabric of the Earth, only super-scientist Dr. Matthew Cooper (Michael Vartan) with a pending brain aneurism (???) can save the day using some top-secret space capsule NASA designed to send the first man to Venus!
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IT JUST PROVES THAT, GOOD ACTING AND A FAMOUS TITLE CANNOT OVERCOME POOR WRITING AND DIRECTION.
Let me first say that I have a serious weakness for disaster movies, and I have an incredibly high tolerance for cheesy special effects, lame characters, and ridiculous plot lines. I've got everything in my collection from Asylum movies, 80s made-for-tv movies, Sci-Fy channel flicks, and Hollywood blockbusters. I generally love them all (even the really bad ones).
That said, this was a tough one to like, mainly because the camera work was atrocious. I think they shot the entire 3-hour movie using a cheap hand-held camera, and the person holding the camera was *way* over their coffee quota for the day. I expect the camera to shake during earthquake sequences (and it did), but I don't see any reason for shakiness when two people are sitting on a couch talking (and there was). It just got worse as the movie went on, and by the end I was actually a little queasy.
However, the bad camera work aside, Ring of Fire was pretty standard fare as far as disaster movies go. It's a typical "unethical corporation" vs. "scientist trying to save the planet" scenario. In this case, it's an oil tycoon who illegally drills deeper than he's supposed to in a national reserve, and he accidently hits a large magma chamber. That sets off a chain reaction in the Ring of Fire, which will ultimately destroy the world if not stopped. The resident geologist, along with an environmental activist and a whistleblower, step in to save the day with a hokey, 'just-go-with-it' plan.
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Save the money, rent it if need be, and call yourself lucky if you can watch it without getting a serious headache.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this movie or do I love Michael Vartan? Either way, I enjoy the movie and all the different plot lines that intertwine.Published 11 months ago by Dreamer
Not enough action. Too much talk & background about characters. Miss the old disaster movies.Published 11 months ago by birdie
I enjoy these doomsday movies and miniseries. This one was a dandy as most of them are. Its a fun way to spend a cold winter's night.Published 12 months ago by Gary Gilfoy
This movie has all the elements for one of those Sci-Fi Movies. The scientist that knows all the answers, the evil corporate type who is only thinking about making money and the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. E. Newell
Well worth viewing for disaster movie fans. I own this movie and have viewed it several times since it's arrival. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nancy Eckel