This movie does not even deserve 1 star. This thing is truly wretched.
I say that as an avid fan of cheesy disaster movies. I adore them- Quantum Apocalypse, Exploding Sun, 500 MPH Storm, Sharknado, Solar Attack, Stonados, F6- I've watched every single one I can find, from the high budget (Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact) to the absurd like 2 Headed Shark.
Even as a fan of this brand of movie I urge you to avoid this one, unless you want to watch something SO bad, and SO amateurish, and SO pathetic you just feel sorry for everyone involved because they're clearly unaware of just how awful the entire thing is. You can feel how hard they are trying. And it's just sad. It's just really sad.
The first 5 minutes of the movie are the best. Then things go horribly south and continue to decay. The flashback scene in the sub warns you that you are in for far, far, FAR worse than anything you have ever seen outside of a high school play or public access. I really can't begin to describe just how bad the acting is. And it's not just 1 or 2 actors- EVERYONE is terrible.
Not only is the acting terrible, and the dialogue terrible, but the camera work is also amazingly bad. Close-up head shots of every actor, weird framing, weird angles. I mean, you can't be a camera work snob watching these movies but this is just strange with how the director chose to do pretty much neck-up shots of virtually all dialogue. The way the camera cuts from one talking head to the next makes the already awful acting and dialogue seem that much worse.
And the utterly shameless use of stock footage. Stock footage happens in movies like this, but at least the production crew attempts to select stock footage that sort of fits and flows with the movies. This movie? Oh yes. Stock footage of volcanos exploding, stock footage of brush fires, stock footage of helicopters, stock footage, stock footage, stock footage! And not only did they use a mess of footage, but they also overlaid some of the laughably bad special effects I have ever seen on top of it, so wow. It's just a mess.
Oh yeah, and +1 for the "oh... my... god... they didn't..." moment with the "legend of the volcano" scene in the beginning. Not with the "legend of the volcano" kid scene in the beginning. The name "Phoenix GreyFeather" is really bad enough, but then the kid who raises her hand to answer a question is addressed as "Hiawatha". I really can't think of anything more to say on that except if you want a movie that provides you with a true mind-boggling jaw-dropping moment of 'did they just do that' moment (and not in the "hahaha, hilarious" way, but in the "I feel really uncomfortable and mildly disgusted" way), pay your $2 and watch this piece of crap.
Although this film had 1 or 2 stars from others, I enjoyed the film. Acting is stiff, plot has a bad guy that probably is such a nice guy he can't quite get "meany" just right, and we all know Kilauea when we see it. But it was the "family" part that was likeable. It wasn't to Hollywood Big money standards, but did have some decent wholesomeness, as in, making decisions at any age has consequences.
I decided to watch this movie after reading some of the bad reviews and they piqued my curiosity as to how bad it could really be, next time I'll take heed in what people say. I like my share of cheesy low budget movies but wow, this movie takes stupid to a whole new level. You'd get more emotion out of a hand puppet than from any of the actors in this movie. I may not be up to snuff on how a sub works but doesn't it normally take more than two people to sail one? Forewarned is forearmed, do not watch this movie unless you're into mind numbing stupidity.
I was looking for a good movie for a Sunday afternoon viewing - this wasn't it. Title sounded good but movie was dissapointing. Bad script, Bad directing, Bad acting, Bad special effects. In short - a bad movie. Whish I could get my money back.
I love low budget disaster flicks, the cornier the better. But this thing is just plan bad to the bone.
In the opening of the film, the interior of this submarine they show, consists of a bunch of shelves stacked around a computer desk with computer components, all lit up with this weird red lighting. Take a look at the doors in the sub. They're rounded on top, but go down to the floor, so much for stopping water from getting in.
Oh and the earthquake at the beginning is just too funny. Pan into a close up of a huge pile of empty booze bottles, I'm talking serious alcoholism here. Geeze at first I thought they were filming an interior shot from a bar ::: not some idiot's kitchen or hotel room! Then they pan away from the shelves to a cart filled with yet more empty bottles, which keeps shaking while the shelves do not. The close ups of the half naked captain hyper ventilating on a sofa were just strange. The flash backs he's having are even stranger.
To get around the fact that the actors are basically in an empty rooms, they're all shot in extreme close up. The uniforms these guys are wearing look like they were stolen from a a group of comic con attendees. During a confrontation with the captain, the guy shouting at him, kept pulling down his sleeves and tugging his obviously ill fitting uniform down.
Bad acting, bad sets, bad music, hilariously bad special effects ::: all excruciatingly painful to watch. The thing isn't even shot in standard screen size, let alone wide screen ::: so a third of your screen will be black.
All of this would be fine had it been filmed by Ed Woods (Who doesn't love Plan 9 from Outer Space?) or someone else with a modicum of humor, but this was released in 2010! The ONLY redeeming factor was the $3.99 price tag. Save your money.
The ONLY reason I gave this thing one star, was because there was NO way I could give a zero.
I should have read the reviews for this one before renting it especially since there was no preview. Some movies have trailers (Previews) and some don't. I'm learning to avoid those without previews and bad reviews. Five minutes into this movie, I realized I wasted my money. Too many subplots, mediocre acting, less than stellar cinematography, and generally boring, but that is just my opinion. Money would have been better spent at Redbox. 30 minutes in to it, I found myself reading a book while watching it. Anybody notice the helicopter changed styles in several scenes?
This is definitely just an 'okay' movie and non sci-fi volcanoe fans should pass on this one! Yes, a b-type and yes mediocre film project. It is something to watch when nothing else is on and you want to watch a volcanoe/natural disaster movie. Wish it was better!Sorry-