This is perhaps the quintessential Werner Herzog documentary and his clearest expression of his theme of the collective threat of disaster that faces civilization from nature. The subtitle of the film is, after all, "Waiting for an Inevitable Disaster." Here the "disaster" is the volcano of the title that was showing all indications of a massive explosion that never occurs. Herzog and a small crew go to the island to film, which is totally deserted except for a few peasants who decide to stay. One of them expresses his wish to remain and die as it is part of Godâ??s will. Eventually, the volcano does not erupt, but that somehow does not save us from the feeling that disaster is still not inevitable. Are we, thus, all supposed to behave like versions of the lunatic peasant Herzog encounters, serenely waiting for our deaths?