Volcano: Fire on the Mountain

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  • PG
  • 1997
  • 1 hr 28 min
  • 4.6  (745)

Volcano: Fire on the Mountain is a 1997 action thriller directed by Graeme Campbell starring Dan Cortese, Cynthia Gibb, and Don S. Davis. This movie is a classic portrayal of a natural disaster hitting a small town where the chances of survival are dire. The film takes place in the town of Dante's Peak, where an active volcano has been dormant for several years and suddenly awakens, sending out a series of seismic tremors that precede the volcanic eruption.

The movie begins as Dr Peter Shepherd (Dan Cortese), a volcanologist from the United States Geological Survey, arrives in Dante's Peak to investigate the volcano. The town's mayor, Rachel Wando (Cynthia Gibb), meets Shepherd and helps him settle in. However, Shepherd's concerns about the safety of the town are met with skepticism by the town's residents, including the mayor's boyfriend and boss, the local businessman Harry Dalton (Don S. Davis).

As the nearby mountain starts to show signs of increased activity, Shepherd predicts a volcanic eruption and urges the town to evacuate immediately. However, the mayor and most of the town's residents ignore Shepherd's warnings since the town's economy is heavily reliant on tourism, which would be adversely affected by an evacuation. As the mountain seems to come alive, Shepherd's warnings start to become increasingly critical.

But the day of the eruption arrives, with lava and ash raining down on the town, creating chaos and destruction. Shepherd and the mayor race against time to save the town's residents, including Rachel's children, while Harry and his team try to evacuate the town by road. Everyone fights for survival amidst the chaos and destruction, as some people get trapped in buildings and others are trying to find their way to safety amidst the falling rocks and ash.

Volcano: Fire on the Mountain is an adrenaline-fueled movie that showcases the awesome power of nature and the devastating consequences of man's arrogance. The movie is packed with thrilling action sequences, from the massive explosions to the racing car chases through the lava-covered streets. The special effects are impressive for the time and age well, still holding up to today's standards. The disaster scenes are loud and intense, with the base rumbling sound effect as the volcano erupts.

The acting performances in this film are remarkable, especially Dan Cortese's portrayal of Dr. Peter Shepherd. He carries the film as the voice of reason amid the chaos and devastation. He is the only one who has a clear idea of what could happen and tries to do everything possible to save the town's people. His character's blend of intelligence, courage, and humanity adds an emotional depth to the film.

Cynthia Gibb's performance as Rachel Wando, the mayor of Dante's Peak, is equally impressive. Her character acts as a mediator between the misguided town's people and the smart scientist, Shepherd. She is a well-written character, and her perspective changes throughout the film, as she realizes that sometimes you be proactive rather than reactive. Thankfully, her character never becomes a damsel in distress, and she puts up a brave fight for her town.

The supporting cast, including Don S. Davis as Harry Dalton and Brian Cummings as Stan, the roadblock officer, all provide great performances. Danny Nucci plays a crucial role as the villain, playing a local businessman who cares about profits more than the people's welfare.

In conclusion, Volcano: Fire on the Mountain is an enjoyable disaster movie with excellent performances and impressive special effects. The story manages to balance the thrilling action sequences and character development, providing an engaging viewing experience. This film is perfect for anyone looking for a thrilling adventure with a backdrop of a natural disaster. It is a movie that can be enjoyed repeatedly due to its classic portrayal of a catastrophic event.

Volcano: Fire on the Mountain is a 1997 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.6.

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    1 hr 28 min
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    4.6  (745)