Unformatted text preview: correct button possible. While burning buildings topple to the ground, a racist white cop befriends a black man from East L.A., a middle class white girl learns to help others, a macho control freak learns to respect women, and an Asian American doctor leaves her selfish WAP partner. Streep, gives Geology 101 lessons, and explains the meaning of fault lines, sulphur deposits, tectonic plates, and aftershocks to leather-faced and sometimes slow-looking Jones. Despite these faults, “The Volcano” is gripping entertainment from start to finish. Its shadows of paranoia contrast beautifully with the suntanned banality of the L.A. scene. If you’ve ever thought of going there for a vacation, this movie will probably change your mind. The only folks who won’t like this family-oriented action film are the staff of the Los Angeles Board of Tourism. I’m sure they are burning up....
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- Fall '08
- Plate Tectonics, Meryl Streep, La Brea Tar Pits, Tommy Lee Jones