Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York Reviews
And it is not this movie. Watch VOLCANO instead.
The special effects are sparse, which is probably a good thing since they're so amateurish, and the script is very rudimentary. Forgoing the Mother Nature explanation of the previous lava epics, the screenwriters have come up with this silly mad scientist plot that just doesn't work. Making matters even worse, the scientist is played by a haggard-looking Michael Ironside, proving that his villainous days are surely behind him.
Even worse is Costas Mandylor, totally monotone and completely without personality, in the lead role. His shot at big movie stardom lasted one movie in 1991, and when "Mobsters" tanked, so did his career. You'd think he'd at least show some life in just just because he's grateful to be working at all, but no such luck.
The movie plods along at a snail's pace, and it takes itself so seriously that it isn't even fun as a guilty pleasure. It's just dull, boring and unpleasant to look at. It's poorly cast, poorly written and lazy. "Disaster Zone" is a TV-movie but that isn't an excuse to not even try. It's a pale imitation of a lot of other better movies, and there's no reason to watch it.
We have the stereotyped tough Brooklyn water tunnel miners, the mad scientist, the black guy who dies a few minutes in to the movie, the ethnic latin guy who is espially ethnic all the way, the hero who is forced to work with his ex-wife, daddy's girl who is both hot and a "guy" amongst the guys, a mayor who doesn't understand and a struggle against time.
And then we have a volcano in New York.
We remember Michael Ironside as the bad good guy in "V". Here he is just raving mad.
Strangely fun in all its crap
The camera is all over the place - up, down, left, right, shaking, zooming, zoom in, zoom out...
And this dosen't last for a little while - it lasts through-out the WHOLE movie!
I was honestly feeling very motion sick while I watched this.
Also the camera work made the acting even worse, because it was hard to focus on who was who because the camera could show the characters 10-15 meters away and from the side.
As for the movie itself - very unrealistic and it wasn't a very good movie overall. Volcano is better thanks to it's better camera work and effects.
There aren't many effects in this movie, on the cover (and the title) you get the idea that a volcano is in a city, but it's actually some lava trapped in some kind of pipe that randomly gets blown out of the pipe burning the bad guys.