Volcano is a 1997 American disaster film directed by Mick Jackson and produced by Andrew Z. Davis, Neal H. Moritz and Lauren Shuler Donner.
After a minor earthquake hits Los Angeles, a newly formed volcano erupts from under the city. Initially reluctant and disbelieving, the city officials rush to the rescue along with a plucky seismologist.
Why It Rocks
- The idea of having Los Angeles getting rudely interrupted by a volcanic eruption at the La Brea Tar Pits and lava filling the streets in the city of Los Angeles, and the lava goes on the full-rage and threatening to destroy the city of Los Angeles making the premise original.
- Well-done acting, especially from Tommy Lee Jones.
- The movie shares a touching moment.
- Most of the characters are likable, such as Michael "Mike" Roark, the director of the O.E.M.
- Decent, and a hellish-written plot that it gives plenty of more screen time on the lava on the streets of Los Angeles.
- Extensive special effects for the lava in a lot of scenes with most of them being practical.
- Amazing cinematography.
- Epic, the amazing soundtrack that was performed by Alan Silvestri (the same composer for The Avengers, Back to the Future, etc.) with the main theme appropriately titled March of the Lava.
- The movie has dramatic and heartbreaking scenes (eg. the scene where Stan Olber carries a train driver to safety, but jumps into the lava and throws a train driver leaving him to get burned to death.)
- The final act with lava erupting in the streets against the humans and the demolition team blowing up the newest building of Los Angeles making a gap so the lava can flow out into the ocean.
- Shortly after the film cuts to black, the film ends with the Randy Newman song I Love L.A. as the credits roll.
- The story can be pretty predictable, and cliche at times.
The film received mixed reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 50% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic scores a film a 55/100 "Mixed or average reviews" and holds a 5.9/10 user score rating on the same site. On IMDb, the film holds a 5.5/10. Although it gains a cult following.