Confession time: I have a deep and abiding love affair with Disaster movies. It all started with the day when I saw The Poseidon Adventure (1972) on the Sunday Afternoon Theater Television Show when I was a kid. From then on it didn’t matter is the movie was filled with explosions, killer tomatoes, meteors falling from the sky! I loved them all. Let’s look at one of my favorites: Volcano (1997)
An earthquake hits the city of Los Angeles. Mike Roark (Tommy Lee Jones), head of the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Geologist Dr. Amy Barnes (Anne Heche) team up and discover that a volcano is using the underground subway tunnels for lava tubes. Together they try various ingenious ways to keep the lava in check, but in the end the lava will not be denied surfacing. With the help of explosives they drop a building down in the way of the lava and funnel it out to the ocean. The city is saved at least for today…in the epilogue we see that the volcano now named Mount Wilshire has been added to the active geological sites.
Who knows maybe I’m a sucker for mankind pulling together, the regular Jack/Jane who rise above their circumstances, or the reoccurring theme of regeneration. In the end I think it’s all these things. I want to feel like I have the hero gene down deep in my soul. That when faced with death or disaster I will be the one who can pull myself together and rise to the top. Is this a fantastic notion? I hope not.