Too bizarre for words
Jim Liftin | Fort Wayne, Indiana | 07/24/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I expected this to be a disaster movie in the Irwin Allen tradition. Instead, I find a movie too bizarre for words. I taped this movie off the Sci-fi channel and I missed the first 10 minutes, and I "came in" as a man and his wife were helping victims (which I'm guessing) of a volcanic eruption in Italy. She is killed as he loses his grip on her hand hovering over a lava stream. He continues to see her in his dreams and is haunted by his memory of her. He then proceeds to the Italian province where she'd grown up (before moving to the states) in search of her records, which I'm guessing is for closure. Instead he encounters a mute young girl who has been declared as "disturbed," who seems terrified of him -- and yet, seems drawn to him and pursues him -- and leaves him dead animals as "gifts." Everyone he meets warn him to stay away from her and the area where she is staying and offering no explanation. He follows her to a cave where, after experiencing a swarm of bats that drop dead out of the air as they reach him, he sees she has candles lit and she draws circles everywhere. And after chasing her to someplace else, he sees that she has drawn a detailed picture of his late wife. After demanding from her how she knows her, she flees. He is then told by others that after a traumatic event in her young life, she became mute, communicates only with the dead and feels a possible connection to the Devil. At this point, I turned off this movie and watched no more of it, even though I was at the half-way mark. What all this has to do with a volcano is beyond me. At least the movie "Nature Unleashed: Earthquake" had that Irwin Allen feel to it as it focused on the disaster; here I wasted about an hour out of my life, scratching my head after the first 45 minutes. My advice: avoid this movie and read a book."
BIZARRE DISASTER FLICK
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 10/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Perhaps the CGI effects are too gimmicky and some of the acting a little stiff, but VOLCANO DISASTER has some unique twists in its storyline that elevate it anyway. A young volcanologist (well played by Chris William Martin) loses his wife in a volcano eruption. He had promised her on the day of her death that he would accompany her on a trip to her homeland in Italy, which he does after her untimely demise. Once there, he meets a strange girl who has some kind of mystical connection to his dead wife. The villagers think she's demented, but it seems she may have some kind of warning for the young widower. The supernatural overtones help fill out the otherwise routine plotting, but the volcanic eruption at the end is well staged and involving. Not bad for an unknown low budget film."