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Only emergency chief Jones and spunky seismologist Heche stand between Los Angeles and meltdown. The most striking aspect of this fun, old-fashioned disaster movie is the novelty of seeing the most familiar of backdrops used as a creative resource in its own right. Throwing in-jokes and tourist landmarks on to the fire with a pyromaniac's passion, Mick Jackson turns the city into a kind of postmodern theme park. Such is the lightness of touch, it's possible even to interpret the pat sermonising which mars the later sequences as a subtle joke - what would this kind of film be without moral closure? Jones and Heche work hard to dig up an emotional rapport from next to nothing, while the slow but inexorable progress of the lava makes for more suspense than the usual slam bang firework display.

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Duration: 104 mins

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Director: Mick Jackson
Screenwriter: Jerome Armstrong, Billy Ray
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones
Anne Heche
Gaby Hoffmann
Don Cheadle
Jacqueline Kim
Keith David
John Corbett

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Re-watched this gem of a film the other night. I’d forgotten just how awesome and kick*ss Tommy Lee Jones was. Before the current reign of Avengers, Guardians and X-Men, 90’s superheroes came in the form of Tommy Lee Jones. Intelligent, efficient, strategic. Public city workers who would stay calm even with a volcano spewing asteroid-sized balls of ash on your car – or you know, a bus going 100 miles so it doesn’t explode (Keanue Reeves, I’m looking at you – sorry that’s a different film).

Anyways, these were the heros of 90s’ action films, and they were pretty cool. So if you like disaster films, or no-nonsense heroism, or Tommy Lee Jones, give this film a watch. It’s enjoyable, and despite that it was made in 1997 (Geeze – twenty years ago!), the graphics aren’t bad at all.