Dante's Peak

D: Roger Donaldson
Universal/Western Pacific (Gale Anne Hurd & Joseph M. Singer)
USA 🇺🇸 1997
108 mins


W: Leslie Bohem
DP: Andrzej Bartkowiak
Ed: Howard Smith, Conrad Buff & Tina Hirsch
Mus: John Frizzell & James Newton Howard
PD: Dennis Washington

Pierce Brosnan (Dr. Harry Dalton), Linda Hamilton (Mayor Rachel Wando), Charles Hallahan (Dr. Paul Joseph Dreyfus), Grant Heslov (Greg), Elizabeth Hoffman (Grandma Ruth)

A natural disaster version of Jaws, in which a vulcanologist warns a town of an impending eruption but the townsfolk won't listen until it's too late.
It's slightly better than the similarly-themed Volcano (qv), released the same year and features a wonderful family moment when a little old lady is melted away by a sea of volcanic acid and not even James Bond himself can save her.
As far as disaster movies go, it isn't terrible, but it's not great either, nor is it particularly memorable.

Pierce Brosnan in Dante's Peak
Pierce Brosnan in Dante's Peak