Dante's Peak

Dante's Peak

DVD - 2002
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A long-dormant volcano erupts, threatening the residents of a small town.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Home Video, c2002
Edition: Collector's ed. Widescreen
ISBN: 9780783225548
0783225547
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Reading_Right
May 23, 2018

Oh my gosh...
Remember those horrendous "Disaster Movies" from the 70's. Well this is a revival, only worse!! (Yes, they said it couldn't be done, but they actually did it.) Aside from that, almost every line in this film is filed under: things no one would EVER say in real life, given the characters, the situations, & the context. EVER!! Add to that the usual PC caricatures of the usual characters. (e.g. the standard pretentious "adult"/children; My favorite: the 10 yr old boy jumping in the land rover, with his 7 yr old sister, driving --yes, driving; though he couldn't reach the peddles-- up into an erupting volcano, to save gramma. He of course has no problem, where someone like Mario Andretti would have had an incredibly difficult time just keep control of the vehicle on those dirt roads, with NO visibility, let alone the earthquakes, ash falling so thick the windshield wipers aren't effective, and the total and complete chaos.)
All this leads me to ask one question:
Are all these people that gave this 3, 4, and yes, even 5! Stars, out of their minds!!!!!!!?????!!!!!!
(I'm sorry, but I must be from a different planet.)

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P58Jackson
May 02, 2018

One might simply expect a movie of destruction. Instead it has depth and feels good and was enjoyable to watch.

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lukasevansherman
Jun 13, 2015

"Whatever you do don't look back!" Even if you don't look back, I think the volcano is gonna get you. Part of the disaster movie mania of the 90s, which also included "Twister," "Deep Impact," "Armageddon," and, of course, the other volcano movie, cleverly called "Volcano." In this the small town of Dante's Peak is threatened by a volcano, but the town is slow to act for fear of scaring off tourists, which recalls "Jaws." Pierce Brosnan is a not very convincing scientist and Linda Hamiton is the town mayor. So really they should've called it "James Bond & Sarah Connor vs. Volcano." The volcano gives a great performance. The destruction is enjoyable in a cheesy sort of way. Entertaining for what it is. Brosnan and director Roger Donaldson would work together again on "The November Man," which I don't think has any volcanoes.

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phyllis49
Mar 20, 2012

Encore

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donna3000
Oct 24, 2011

send to terry berry

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