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Similar to the "other" volcano movie, "Dante's Peak," there are several indications that something geologic is happening. Death by hot gas blast is usually a pretty solid indication of that sort of thing (which happens before the volcano does its thing). After a number of interesting things happen a volcano bursts to the ground. The scenes of the volcano going "boom" are among the best scenes in the movie.
The real story takes off after the volcano finally erupts. We see absurd silliness as people continue to drive by the erupting volcano. I am unsure of why people would rather take the short cut and risk death by lava versus going the long way around, but maybe it is just me. We also see emergency services leader Mike Roark's (Tommy Lee Jones) daughter Kelly (Gaby Hoffmann) hang around her dad's SUV so long that he has to stop rescuing a fireman to rescue her, which subsequently allows the fireman to die. There is a lesson in this tragedy: when you see an erupting volcano, run.
Mike Roark attempts to work with the fire department to stop the lava flow, eventually succeeding. However, lava is an irresistible force and if it is not flowing above ground, then it finds somewhere else to flow. Soon Mike and seismologist Dr. Amy Barnes (Ann Heche) next try to predict the behavior of the rapidly flowing lava, setting up the climax of the movie, which involves imminent destruction of a hospital, and possibly Mike's daughter Kelly.
The action in this movie is generally good. I thought the lava effects were generally well done.Read more ›
Waiting for the "big one" to hit may be a way of life for those living in California, especially in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles, but suddenly there's some pronounced seismic activity in the L.A.Read more ›
Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche were wonderful to watch!
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I love end of the world, apocalyptic types films I hadn't ever seen this one so I gave it a go... It was pretty interesting plot but there are a lot of production value missing but... Read morePublished 11 days ago by aces
This is definitely one of my favorite naturual disaster style movies. They put the story together in a way that made sense and kept you constantly worried about what was coming... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr SpaceMan
I purchased this already knowing the movie. This was a nostalgia purchase. So 5 stars!Published 1 month ago by Megan
I love action movies and this had enough story to it to make it worthwhile.Published 2 months ago by MEJ
Tommy Lee Jones is great in this. This movie is done well to where you can actually believe a volcano could come up in the middle of Los AngelesPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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