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Magma: Volcanic Disaster (2006)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |  Action  |  21 January 2006 (USA)
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When a volcano expert becomes convinced that a cataclysmic natural disaster is about to unfold, a volcanologist Professor John Shepherd and his graduate students believes that recent ... See full summary »

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Peter Shepherd
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C.J.
George R. Sheffey ...
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President Fletcher
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Natalie Shepherd
Vlado Mihailov ...
Kai Senakoia
Rushi Vidinliev ...
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Assen Blatechki ...
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Hristo Mitzkov ...
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Jonas Talkington ...
Stephen Daugherty
Ryan Spike Dauner ...
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Nadia Ivanova ...
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When a volcano expert becomes convinced that a cataclysmic natural disaster is about to unfold, a volcanologist Professor John Shepherd and his graduate students believes that recent unexplainable volcanic activity as all of the volcanoes in the world are going to erupt and kill every living thing on the planet! They try to convince the government that their theory is true not a joke while also trying to figure out how to stop it before time runs out! Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Peter Shepard knows a catastrophe is coming. Unfortunately for us, no one believes him.

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Rated PG-13 for disaster violence and peril, and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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A voiceover from a news broadcast tells of the city of Rome being threatened by eruptions of Mount Vesuvius and Mount Etna. Vesuvius is in the vicinity of Naples, over 100 miles from Rome; Etna is on the island of Sicily, over 200 miles from Rome and separated from the Italian mainland by the Straits of Messina. Neither mountain is in a position to threaten Rome, even in the case of a severe eruption. The only possible reason for mentioning them is 1: they're volcanoes and 2: they're in Italy. See more »

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27 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's hard to figure out what to rate a movie that's basically gives you a neutral feeling: nothing to get excited about and nothing that seriously disturbs you. In light of that, I'd have to say this movie is a 5.

This movie is entirely based upon one of the flimsiest of reasons - one that is explained in one sentence at a top government meeting. Basically it is this: humans have released toxins into the environment and this is causing the internal core to heat up.

Normally, I'd be outraged. In this case, I didn't really care because my expectations are so low that the movie can only go up in value. Somehow this movie slightly redeems itself if you're sympathetic to volcano disaster movies. In this case, many characters (both genders) are "allowed" to die by dripping magma and simply being overrun by lava flow. Generally this doesn't happen in most volcano movies.

Also, large populations of people also get wiped - another thing which doesn't typically happen in volcano disaster movies. So on these marks, I commend the filmmakers/screenwriters for daring to actually create a "disaster" in a volcano movie (most movies in this area typically avert all disaster).

The atmosphere, tone and performances in the movie are decently serious (except for Amy Johnson's character - way too nutty). The special effects reminded me more of 1970s film-making - but they were passable.

I'd rate this a '5', where a '7' is what it would take for me to actually recommend a movie. See it if you're under 15 and are easily impressed, or in the background if you're really into natural disaster movies - esp. volcanoes.


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