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.
Something unspeakably chilling is ultimately starting to heat up at The City of Los Angeles! Beneath the famed La Brea Tar Pits, a raging volcano has formed, raining a storm of deadly fire bombs and an endless tide of white-hot lava upon the stunned city! Written by
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When Amy Barnes tries to determine the time remaining for the lava to arrive at Cedars-Sinai Hospital to make an eruption, she concludes about 29 minutes. Curiously, Alan Silvestri's soundtrack for the movie has a length of about 29 minutes. See more »
When the fire truck that wrecks is on its side, the light bar on the roof is damaged, and stops working. A scene later, when Roark attempts to rescue the fireman trapped inside, the light bar is undamaged and functioning. See more »
[Roark ordered 200 "K-rails" ]
to redirect the lava. Trucks arrive with only 82]Where's the rest of 'em?
What "rest of 'em?" This is it!
Hey, there only about eighty here!
Eighty-two; everything else is stuck on the 5 and the 10.
We're trying to keep the city in one piece, pinhead. Eighty rails ain't gonna do it!
So what are you blaming me for?
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In the mid-90s, the disaster movie experienced a revival thanks to the advancement of CGI technology, which made creating scenes of destruction on a massive scale far easier and more convincing than ever before; 1997 was the year of the volcano, seeing both the release of Universal's Dante's Peak, and this rather unimaginatively titled effort from 20th Century Fox, which starred Tommy Lee Jones as Office of Emergency Management director Mike Roark, who must try and prevent downtown LA from being entirely engulfed by lava that erupts from the La Brea tar pits.
A slick, major studio, big-budget summer blockbuster, Volcano naturally benefits from a solid cast and state of the art special effects, but proves less thrilling than the premise suggests thanks to a lack of genuinely exciting or particularly innovative set-pieces: too much of the action centres around Jones's attempts to stem the flow of lava, which travels at walking pace thereby presenting little danger to anyone but the elderly and the infirm; meanwhile, director Mick Jackson ticks off the expected clichés from his disaster movie checklistpersonal dramas, heroic sacrifices, a sexy scientist, even a cute dog in perilbefore wrapping matters up rather too neatly with a finale that delivers far too low a death toll to be truly satisfying.
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