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Disaster Zone: Volcano in New York Reviews

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May 16, 2015
just crappy lame story and really bad CGI/special EFX
½ November 22, 2014
"Bring me that woman! The geologist who told me the truth!" Evil renegade geothermal energy prospector Levering (Michael Ironside) is drilling under the Lower West Side, and at 'seven miles' hits lava, which rather gives his (and a corrupt official's) game away. Manholes blow off and magma is loosed upon the streets of the Big Baked Apple, leaving tunneler Matt McLaughlin and ex-wife Dr Susan Foxley (now of the USGS) to save the city. Cross between 'Volcano' and 'The Core', and nothing like as 'good' as either.
½ July 24, 2012
"I know what drives the world..."-Levering (Michael Ironside)

And it is not this movie. Watch VOLCANO instead.
½ July 11, 2012
Rating with stars is sometimes difficult to do. For example, the hyper-realistic shaky cam deserved 5-stars for effort and persistence. Even after it was old and frustratingly annoying to watch a movie with a shaky cam, the director persisted in this bizarre artistic choice and never once thought of abandoning it. And for that I wanted to give the 5 stars, but because of the complete lack of logical motivations of the Michael Ironside character I was forced to give a half star. Nothing in this character is reasonable, realistic, or normal. But maybe the director wanted to make a scientist wanting to make clean unlimited energy into a psychopath. Maybe all scientists are psychopaths, I don't know but it seems like a good topic t explore. I must say the acting was appropriately hammy with amazing bits of speech mingled in for laughs. As a comedy this is worth the purchase, but for those with a stoic sense of humor give this a pass.
July 9, 2012
A volcano threatens to erupt underneath NYC.
½ December 8, 2011
The makers of "Disaster Zone" were smart enough to distance their pathetic made-for-television movie from two two big-budgeted theatrical volcano movies from about a decade ago, but the film is still an obvious rip-off of the Tommy Lee Jones starrer "Volcano". Substitute New York for Los Angeles and subtract all of the talent in front of and behind the camera and the films are virtually identical.
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.
December 4, 2011
Wow, You can have much use of the word cliché in a review of Volcano in New York. Many times.

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
July 14, 2011
Combined with laughable special effects, yet has believable acting; Disaster Zone is watchable, but can barely be called a masterpiece.
July 25, 2010
costas is hot but the movie... not so hot hihi
January 25, 2010
This would have to be one of the worst movies ever made. The acting was so lame and the "special effects" were pathetic. What a waste of time.
January 13, 2010
A volcano threatens to erupt underneath NYC.
January 9, 2010
Not a bad way to kill some time on a boring day, just watched it for Costas, to be honest.
½ January 9, 2010
Jan 9 2010 Awesomely goofy.
January 3, 2010
Below average. Typically a blockbuster movie.
Super Reviewer
½ September 29, 2009
This is a really hokey movie. I wasn't impressed with the camera work, the special effects or even the whole story-line.
½ September 7, 2009
I hope this wasn't a movie released in a theatre or else I would have been suing to get my moeny back!! Nice to see Michael Ironside can still play a badass bad guy in a lousy movie like this!!
½ July 8, 2009
strange film but interesting and have no sense to
June 19, 2009
Haven't seen this one, but I kind of liked the first one with Tommy Lee Jones and the crazy blonde that used to go out with Ellen deGeneres. It was good cotton candy for the brain.
March 24, 2009
pretty good movie, but the acting could have been better.
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