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Magma Magma Everywhere
on 30 September 2012
Ive always liked Juliet Aubrey,so her presence was the main reason,after much deliberation,that I decided to give this low budget disaster flick a go.Ive seen a number of b-movies take on the volcanic eruption scenario,and to be honest they all been terrible,bad acting combined with a daft storyline and ropey cgi,just about sums them all up,which is what put me off this one to begin with.But having now just watched it,Im kind of glad I gave in and bought it if Im honest.Dont get me wrong its no Oscar winner,and it is in posession of a daft storyline,which does take some believing.But the standard of acting is pretty good,not just from the lead actors,but from the supporting cast as well.Yes some of them struggle with playing stock characters,who are clearly only there to get burnt to a crisp by the volcano,and some of the dialogue must have been written in a cheese factory,but for the most part the film is fairly solid on this front.As for the cgi,normally the achilles heel of these films,its not that bad.Things look fairly realistic,most of the time,there are a couple of scenes where the lava looks really fake,and theres one with a collapsing building that looks a tad cheap.And towards the end the dark skies full of volcanic ash,suddenly go from,well dark,to clear and bright,but overall,for a film of this kind,the standard is pretty good.
I wasnt expecting much from this movie,but I got a lot more than I bargained for if Im honest.It rattles along at a fairly consistant pace,keeps your interest,doesnt over do the meaningless techno babble,in an attempt to cover up the holes in the story,and doesnt forget its sole purpose is to entertain you.Which has to be a good thing.