Monday, August 22, 2011

DANTE'S PEAK (1997)

Volcanologist Pierce Brosnan is sent to to do a routine investigation on a gigantic volcano somewhere up in a northwestern state. Nestled down below this sleeping giant is the peaceful town of Dante's Peak. Once he takes a few readings Pierce starts to get worried and wants to evacuate the town, BUT THEY JUST WON'T LISTEN!!!! Why? Why?!!! Anyway, his team shows up and they do some more investigating in the daytime, but at night it's time for ol' Pierce to try and pierce Mayor Linda Hamilton's meat curtains, if you know what I'm saying. Nudge nudge wink wink. Say no more! A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat, eh? Time passes and things look pretty grim, but by then it's too damn late and everything just blows the fuck up.

DANTE'S PEAK was in direct competition with VOLCANO for the "Best Volcano Disaster Movie of 1997" Award and I'm voting for DANTE'S PEAK. The special effects on VOLCANO looked kinda crappy (as did the story), but here on DANTE'S PEAK things look impressive for being such an old movie and the story is actually good. In fact, I would've been fine with the film being even longer than it was. I enjoyed the build up scenes and the town/scenery is gorgeous. I would love to live somewhere as beautiful as the town in this movie.

But everything is not perfect...even though the tone of the movie is serious there's plenty to laugh about and I certainly did. The two most ridiculous scenes, without a doubt, have to be the grandma in the lake-turned-to-acid scene and the truck successfully driving through lava scene. Neither one of them made a lick of fucking sense, but their corniness just makes the movie more enjoyable.

It's not the great disaster movie ever, but it's at least worth a rent...even though we never get to see the cute skinny dipper naked.