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.
A giant, reptilian monster has surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake. To stop this monster (and its babies), an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city.
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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An elaborate miniaturized portion of the doomed city, which was destroyed as the lava flowed, was constructed inside hangar #1 at the San Bernardino International Airport. See more »
Helicopters fly around constantly, but the volcanic ash would've clogged the engines. No helicopters should be in the air. See more »
Tell him he's not in Kansas anymore.
You're not in Kansas anymore Mike.
St. Louis, I'm not in St. Louis.
St. Louis, he's not in St. Louis.
I don't give a shit where's he's not! He has a desk now that's where...
He doesn't give a shit. You have a desk, that's where you work.
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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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