Volcano 1997 Subtitles

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(60) IMDb 5.4/10

A volcano erupts in downtown L.A., threatening to destroy the city.

Starring:
Tommy Lee Jones,Anne Heche
Runtime:
1 hour, 43 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Mick Jackson
Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2002
Format: DVD
I have always suspected the tar pits of being a hot bed of adversity. And who knows what those nasty faults are planning for us. All in all this is as good as any other disaster movie with the exception that it brings the disaster home to you and not in some remote location. The acting is as good as any disaster movie. Tommy Lee Jones is a good selection and carries of his character to a tee. With the lava creeping around you have plenty of time to say "watch out" and "stay in the car."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2000
Format: DVD
Hot to the trop action movie in which Tommy Lee Jones once again saves the world from disaster. It's the film you'll love to hate which is pack full with on the edge of your seat action. In all honesty its a Family movie that is good to watch on a Sunday whilst eating your roast pork and potatoes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BPR on 18 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
I'm a fan of the disaster genre, and the more realistic the better. Unfortunately, this attempt from director Mike White does seem to suffer at the hands of poor research into the science of the effects of volcanoes, such as when the firehose combusts from the heat, but the main characters come away with little more than a bit of smoke from their shoes, despite being closer to the lava than the firehose. However, if you can overlook these niggly annoyances, there is some fun to be had. Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche are supported by a cast including Michael Rispoli and Don Cheadle and although nobody puts in great performances, they are all passable. Some of the effects are excellent (the tower block demolition for one) and I enjoyed the score by Alan Silvestri, but this alone cannot put Volcano above average. It's fun, but not as good as Dante's Peak which came out at the same time. Rent it. 3/5
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This predictable disaster film is preposterous and overblown, though no more so than any of its contemporary counterparts. Fans of the genre, like myself will join me in asserting that it's exactly the assumed gullibility of the audience, straining concepts, absurd action sequences, and tendency toward character melodrama that make disaster flicks so much fun. On that low-brow level of unintentional entertainment, Volcano is a keeper, never taking itself as seriously as the rival volcano flick, Dante's Peak.

However there are so many areas where it could have been so much better. We are treated to some special effects, which are maybe what the genre is all about, but not enough of them to dazzle visually; I think we definitely need a bigger helping of lava raining explosive havoc down on Los Angeles in Volcano, 2012 style.

Tommy Lee Jones is fine in the gruff, competent professional role, but other performers don't fare as well. Particularly wasted are the talents of Anne Heche and Don Cheadle, who appear to have been hired in order to brush up the film's dicey credibility.

In its attempt to work in some subplots involving a compassionate doctor and her selfish husband and a gang member who antagonizes the LAPD, the film goes seriously skewed, I don't even know why the script had these stories in it, they add nothing to the film at all.

It gets a few things right, but in trying to add in themes of redemption and constant metaphors of a "we're all in this together" mantra, the film seems to strain to be all things to all people. Because it doesn't just concentrate on being a good disaster movie Volcano never quite achieves the heights of cheeseball cinema it might have scaled, and that is a real shame because the foundations are definitely there.
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Format: DVD
A catastrophe film has a simple formula. A perfectly beautiful situation. Los Angeles. With a hint of a problem. Earthquakes. Then some small elements that could lead to something else and a few geologists to prove it with theories that prove nothing but create anxiety. The geologists are women and that adds a touch of male-chauvinism when all the men (and they are only men, firemen, policemen, all kind of city workers and underground operators and security people, men, men and men again, and if you can find women they are geologists, doctors, nurses, news journalists, but not security personnel, though there might be one or two on the fringes but not in the middle of the action) of the security services don't believe her. Add to that a few simple but strongly emotional personal situations like a "single" father and his 13 year old daughter caught in the mess, and a couple more elements like that, even a couple of dogs, and you have what you need to create an emotional and fascinating catastrophe film. The rest is just special effects and there no one is better than catastrophe film makers to get these special effects right. So the catastrophe that has one chance in a million years to happen can be imagined in Los Angeles, but not too hard though like the volcanic eruptions that created Japan or those that submerged northern India with an immense basaltic plateau a couple of miles thick. Just a small little thing but right in the middle of LA with the underground as one of the main in-going avenues, along with Wilshire boulevard or whatever, for the lava to seize the city from underground. Spectacular. The heroes are set in extremely dangerous situations and miraculously saved by fate. The film you need in order to imagine the end of the world on a largo pianissimo level of intensity.Read more ›
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