A vulcanologist arrives at a countryside town named Dante's Peak after a long dormant volcano, which has recently been named the second most desirable place to live in America, and discovers that Dante's Peak, may wake up at any moment.
Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes.
Volcanologist Harry Dalton and mayor Rachel Wando of Dante's Peak try to convince the city council and the other volcanologists that the volcano right above Dante's peak is indeed dangerous. People's safety is being set against economical interests. Written by
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The plot is partially inspired by the eruption of Mount St. Helens, that Harry Dalton (Pierce Brosnan) mentions at a point of the movie. In May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens located in Skamania County, Washington, exploded with a force of 24 megatons of thermal energy (7 of being a direct result of the eruption), in an blast equivalent to 1,600 times the size of Hiroshima's atomic bomb. Between other damages it killed 57 people, 1,500 elk, 5,000 deer, 40,000 young salmon and approximately 12 million Chinook and Coho salmon fingerlings. The cloud produced during the eruption get 40 miles (64 kilometers) wide and 15 miles (24 kilometers) high, and the pyroclastic flows thrown by the volcano destroyed an area 23 miles (37 kilometers) across and 19 miles (31 kilometers) long. See more »
When part of the freeway collapses, cars on the section still standing do not move, for no reason. See more »
Isn't this beautiful, nestled all nice and cozy right up against the mountain?
Yeah, just like Pompeii.
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Yes, there are some cheesy, hollywoodish moments in this movie, but the actors bring enough charisma and presence to hold the story together. Pierce Brosnan makes a convincing scientist, whose passion and desire to protect the townspeople plays off nicely with Mayor Linda Hamilton's similar concerns.
But what I most want to say is that the volcano itself was both believable and accurate. So I want to commend the filmmakers for having enough integrity to make an entertaining film within the boundaries of scientific accuracy. And face it, you don't go to a movie like Dante's Peak to see insightful drama, or peer deep into the human psyche. The people and the volcano play off each other very nicely. It's not often you get a film with both chemistry and physics.
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