• 12
  • Mick Jackson (1997)
  • US
  • 99 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Tommy Lee Jones plays the emergency chief attempting to save Los Angeles from molten lava in this taut, effects-laden disaster movie. Director Mick Jackson uses the simple suspense device of cross-cutting as the cast members go about their daily activities with magma bubbling menacingly just under LA's threatened streets. The digital special effects come into their own when the city is awash with rivers of fire and the urban destruction goes into overdrive. The result is a gripping and spectacular action fantasy in which MacArthur Park does indeed melt in the dark.

Plot Summary

Disaster thriller starring Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche. When an underground explosion kills several construction workers who are building a tunnel in Los Angeles, a team of seismologists investigates and discovers that volcanic activity is threatening to destroy the city.

Cast and crew


Mike Roark
Tommy Lee Jones
Dr Amy Barnes
Anne Heche
Kelly Roark
Gaby Hoffmann
Emmit Reese
Don Cheadle
Dr Jaye Calder
Jacqueline Kim
Lieutenant Ed Fox
Keith David
Norman Calder
John Corbett
Gator Harris
Michael Rispoli


Mick Jackson

Other Information

Edited for violence and language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 12