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Disaster visits jaded L.A. in the form of an underground volcano, not the big earthquake all the citizens expect. Shot on the largest set ever constructed in the U.S., in nearby Torrance, California, Volcano is a big-budget, special-effects-laden disaster movie with a standard plot. Tommy Lee Jones plays Mike Roark, a by-the-book emergency management director who is spending the weekend with his daughter, Kelly (Gaby Hoffmann), when the previously-unknown volcano blows. Sassy, brainy scientist
Apr 25, 1997 Wide
Dec 18, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Never generates a head of true excitement, partly because the characters remain constructs designed to perform defined functions, and partly due to the time-worn hokiness of the whole disaster-film format.
Jones and Heche work hard to dig up an emotional rapport from next to nothing, while the slow but inexorable progress of the lava makes for more suspense than the usual slam bang firework display.
A host of characters is introduced in the opening scenes, but Volcano doesn't know what to do with them. It can't make us care.
The coast may be toast, but it's the lava, covering everything like a malevolent tide of melted butter, that makes this a disaster picture that's tastier than usual.
Like the substantially better Twister, this film insists on a thunderous, exhausting pace that inevitably becomes deflating.
Volcano is an absolutely standard, assembly-line undertaking; no wonder one of the extras is reading a paperback titled "Screenwriting Made Easy."
not mean to be taken seriously
[The characters] aren't people; they're mere objects to stick in front of the flowing lava.
The star is, of course, the volcano effects. Seeing the coast become toast may be the biggest draw for audiences to this routine F/X extravaganza.
The special effects are impressive and the acting by Jones and Heche is good, although their roles didn't require much skill or inspiration.
The film, about a volcano erupting in downtown Los Angeles, is helped immeasurably by veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones, who has enough charm and charisma to rescue just about any movie. He needs it all to save this one.
On its own escapist terms, Volcano dishes up a textbook serving of low-I.Q., high-energy entertainment.
The action, the effects and tough-as-nails Tommy Lee provide a worthwhile thrill ride -- even if the last drop wasn't as big as you thought it would be.
gives us the bare minimums needed for a story and then lets the lava flow
Volcano is an embarrassment, albeit one of the so-bad-it's-kinda-good variety.
Audience Reviews for Volcano
- Mike Roark: I can't leave you here after an earthquake.
- Kelly Roark: Dad, I'm 13 years old, I know what to do.
- Mike Roark: Ok, What do you do?
- Kelly Roark: Get into a doorframe, stick your head between your knees & kiss your ass goodbye.
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