Hollywood has always loved spectacles and large-scale productions which can transport audiences to another world and allow them to experience things which could hardly have been possible otherwise. This massive possibility which Hollywood can bring to the world of cinema sets them apart from other film industries in the world. They have consistently exceeded their own excellence in coming up with monster movies, disaster movies, war movies, historical epics and large-scale science fiction productions which are far superior in quality than productions from any other part of the world. Of course, this has been possible because of the supremely large market that they boast of which crosses all geographical boundaries.
Interestingly enough, filmmakers realized quite early that filming disasters and bringing them in front of the audience can be a fairly successful enterprise, and the process started as early as 1901 with the release of the British short film ‘Fire!’. With 1928’s ‘Noah’s Ark’, Americans started producing feature-length disaster movies which managed to reach a vast section of the audience who were simply mesmerized by the power of cinema to provide them with experiences that were simply unthinkable until a few years back. The now-famous monster gorilla King Kong first made his appearance across American theatres way back in 1933.
Volcanoes were the first natural disaster on which a film was made, and it happened as early as 1913 with the Italian production ‘The Last Days of Pompeii’, directed by Mario Caserini and Eleuterio Rodolfi. The film was further remade once again in 1935 in America by Ernest B. Schoedsack and Merian C. Cooper. Over the years, along with tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and others, volcanoes have continued to be a disaster of choice for filmmakers. Here, we have listed down some of the best volcano movies of all time. If you are a genuine admirer of disaster movies and have not yet laid your eyes on these films, get going right away!
7. Pompeii (2014)
Starring the very famous Kit Harrington in the leading role, this 2014 epic is the story of the very famous eruption of the Vesuvius mountain in 79 AD, which caused massive destruction to the Roman Empire and an unparalleled loss of life. The story centers around Harrington’s character Milo, who starts his life as a slave, and later becomes a valiant gladiator in the city of Pompeii where he also begins an affair with the governor’s daughter Cassia. However, Milo warns her that the gap in their social standings will never allow the two of them to be together. As Milo keeps facing challenges from other fighters and Cassia tries to escape Pompeii to be away from the lustful eyes of a Senator called Corvus, the Vesuvius erupts, causing unparalleled damage and destruction. It is now upon our gladiator hero to save his lady love amidst the chaos, destruction, and confusion that engulfed the entire city.
It is quite a good mega-disaster flick and has an ample dose of action, romance, adventure, and disaster; but the story is pretty unoriginal and filled with poorly written, uninteresting characters. However, it must be admitted here that some of the action scenes in this film are pretty cool.