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Volcanoes in Hollywood

Volcanoes erupt. They provide little warning and there is not much you can do to prevent this devastating natural disaster. This is portrayed perfectly in our top movie about volcanoes, Dante’s Peak. This 1997 film featuring Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, and Charles Hallahan is entertaining with great character development, romance, and suspense.

The movie begins with a volcanic eruption in Columbia during which volcanologist Dr. Harry Daltons’ fiancée is killed. The story then moves four years into the future to a little town called Dante’s Peak. The town is situated on a dormant volcano, but Daltons is there investigating some unusual activity. After some investigation, Daltons decides the town should be alerted, but his boss doesn’t think the danger is high enough to warrant the cost of an evacuation. Daltons goes directly to the mayor, Rachel Wando, to convince her of the danger.

Just in case there is someone out there who has still not seen this movie, we won’t reveal any spoilers, but it is worth the hour and half viewing time. I will warn you, this is not a feel good movie. They actually stayed pretty true to what would happen if an eruption occurred.

What do you think? Did you like the movie? Is there another volcano disaster movie that should have been our favorite?

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Asteroids in Hollywood

While an asteroid hitting our planet is an actual possibility, Hollywood’s solution probably is not. Our top movie about this devastating disaster is none other than Armageddon. This 1998 film featuring Bruce Willis, Liv Tyler, Ben Affleck, and Billy Bob Thornton struck a nerve with its great special effects and unexpected tender moments.

The story begins with the destruction of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the entire crew by a meteor shower. NASA then discovers an asteroid the size of Texas is on a collision course with the planet and will strike in 18 days, destroying all life. The only solution is to shatter the asteroid into smaller, harmless pieces with a nuclear bomb. To ensure the asteroid’s destruction, NASA decides they have to drill 800 feet below the surface, and to do so they need oil driller Harry Stamper to help them out. Harry and his team are put through a 12-day training program then are sent into space with their mission.

Just in case there is someone out there who has still not seen this movie, we won’t reveal any spoilers. Rest assured the action and relationships between the characters make it worth a watch for men and women alike.

What do you think? Did you like the movie? Is there another asteroid disaster movie that should have been our favorite?

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