Joe versus the Volcano is a fable which opens with somewhat surrealistic scenes of the dehumanization of Joe Bank's job and work environment (at a company whose product rather literally screws people) with imagery that seems to have been inspired by the classic film Metropolis. Joe is diagnosed with an incurable disease, quits his dehumanizing job, and accepts an offer to briefly "live like a king, die like a man" - but to fulfill his agreement he must willingly jump into a live volcano on the island of Waponi Woo in order to appease the volcano god. En route to the island, Joe meets a series of interesting characters in NYC and LA, then boards a yacht, captained by Patricia Graynamore. During the voyage Joe and Patricia survive disaster, fall in love, and finally arrive at the island where they face their destiny. Written by
A story of love, lava and burning desire.
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Did You Know?
There are at least four references to losing one's soul:
- in the song "Sixteen Tons" played at the start of the movie, the lyric "I sold my soul to the company store"
- Joe responds to DeDe's question in the factory while inspecting his damaged shoe
- Patricia's reference to being soul sick the first night on the yacht
- several lines involving the Waponi's Tobi Chief such as when Joe states that he hopes the chief will not lose his Tobi (soul).
In the morning when the daisy gets stepped on, everyone's shadows are to their right. Later that afternoon, when Joe fixes the daisy, his shadow is also to his right, and from the same camera angle. In the afternoon Joe's shadow would have been of a different angle. See more
You mean you were diagnosed with something called a brain cloud and didn't ask for a second opinion?
Marooned Without You
Music by Georges Delerue
Lyrics by John Patrick Shanley See more