Dante's Peak

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The movie works when things are on fire, but everything else - from dialogue to characters - is scathingly bad.

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Volcanologist Harry Dalton (Pierce Brosnan) and Mayor Rachel Wando (Linda Hamilton), finally convince the unbelieving populace that the big one is about to hit and that they need to evacuate immediately, only to discover her two children have gone up the mountain to get their grandmother. With Earth's clock racing against them, they must rescue the kids and grandma before the volcano explodes in a fury of flame and ash a million times more powerful than an atomic bomb.

Cast & Crew

Pierce Brosnan
Harry Dalton
Linda Hamilton
Rachel Wando
Jamie Renee Smith
Lauren Wando
Jeremy Foley
Graham Wando
Tzi Ma
Stan, USGS Crew
Brian Reddy
Les Worrell
Ilona Herzberg
Executive Producer
Staci A. Hunter
Co-Associate Producer
Geoff Murphy
Associate Producer
John Frizzell
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  • Jun 20, 2016
    This is one of the better "disaster films" out there. It is nice because it isn't on a large worldwide scale, but focuses on a small town laying next to a long dormant volcano just named "2nd Most Desirable Place to Live in America" and a volcano expert discovers the volcano may be waking up. The script is very well written and both Hamilton and Brosnan turn in great performances. The action is good and the visuals are great. Underrated film.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2012
    Not as disastrous as I remember, "Dante's Peak" holds the same, played-out formula as far as disaster films go with very little originality and zero baseline emotion apart from sheer panic and fear. None of the characters shine through, and the only highlight of the film are the graphics, that still hold up.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2012
    There seemed to be a few disaster films in the 90's, there also seemed to be a trend for making identical films, this was the first for the double dose of volcanoes. Now lets be honest here, there is a standard setup for disaster films which is usually always followed and somehow keeps on working. In this case we have Brosnan being the science boff who no one believes when he fears a volcano may erupt next to the sleepy mountain town of Dante's Peak. From the very start its a waiting game, waiting for the fun to start when the mountain blows. The easy plot builds up many characters so we get to know them plus links to other folk so when it all kicks off we feel the emotion run deep. Its simple building block film making basically and this film actually does it well with likeable characters all the way through. I must admit Brosnan is pretty good here, never really liked him before but his calm heroic demeanor is very soothing amidst all the terror and tension, I really wanted him to survive with the woman and kids. The other things that impress about this film is how realistic it actually is and how well they handle all the effects and action. At no point was I ever thinking how shoddy the film looked or how cheesy it was. All the acting was really very good with some genuinely tear jerking moments of emotion and pretty much all the volcano eruption special effects were excellent. In fact during almost every sequence of rock spurting action I was impressed by the effects which also included some good model work and good matte paintings of the mountain. Most definitely a more realistic route for this particular slice of volcano drama, pretty accurate with volcano facts offering a good education really. The whole thing builds well and gives plenty of time for everything to come to a climax nicely, no rush and no fuss with obvious care and attention to all areas. A highly recommended natural disaster that has it all including the obligatory dog to really heighten your angst and wetten your hankie when the lava flows. (This film also includes the infamous 'Wilhelm scream' which is a kooky hokey scream sound effect used hundreds of times in various films. Google it and you will see what I mean and recognise I'm sure.)
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2012
    It is a film to dry. There is a great movie, but not bad either. This is good and acceptable in that it is a disaster movie, but some things are a bit exaggerated or saved situasiones characters humanly impossible, but that's ok. At the end is a movie that initially has a rhythm a little tired but in itself is entertaining.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer

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