"Gaby Hoffmann got hot. Where was I when that happened?"
Tommy Lee Jones is da man. And Anne Heche is a big ole lesbo.Jones is a tough as nails LA cop...with a pretty little daughter who needs him, awwww. Anne Heche is the smarter than...well, me anyways, scientist who knows LA is about to be devored by lava. But no one believes her. Damn them! But eventually they have to because...well, because LA starts to be devored by lava. Chaos ensues.
In the disaster flick trend that followed the success of Twister, I fel this is the only one (including the aforementioned) with any merit. It has good plot structure. It doesn't try to do too much, and Mr. Jones kicks butt. Heche does too. But she wasn't gay yet when they shot this, so she kept the butchiness low-key. In all seriousness they both do a better than average job.
The rest of the movie is what you would expect. Spectacular effects, high tension, plot twists and near death experiences... you know, the usual.But it's at the top of its genre. 4 sporks