History Film / DantesPeak

14th Jun '16 6:18:30 PM Mdumas43073
Is there an issue? Send a Message


United States Geological Survey Vulcanologist [[IgnoredExpert Dr. Harry Dalton]] (Pierce Brosnan) is sent to the area to check out the volcano; after a few incidents involving par-boiled skinny dippers and some flirtation with Mayor Rachel Wando (Linda Hamilton), he tries to send the town on alert. Unfortunately, he is [[WeNeedToGetProof shut down by his superior]]. The town [[TemptingFate happens]] to be second place in the 'most desirable small town to live in the US' list, and they don't want any "crazy" accusations scaring away the tourists, which the town's economy depends on. Besides, there's [[MillionToOneChance a million to one chance]] that it could go off. [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What could happen]]?

to:

United States Geological Survey Vulcanologist [[IgnoredExpert Dr. Harry Dalton]] (Pierce Brosnan) (Creator/PierceBrosnan) is sent to the area to check out the volcano; after a few incidents involving par-boiled skinny dippers and some flirtation with Mayor Rachel Wando (Linda Hamilton), he tries to send the town on alert. Unfortunately, he is [[WeNeedToGetProof shut down by his superior]]. The town [[TemptingFate happens]] to be second place in the 'most desirable small town to live in the US' list, and they don't want any "crazy" accusations scaring away the tourists, which the town's economy depends on. Besides, there's [[MillionToOneChance a million to one chance]] that it could go off. [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong What could happen]]?
14th Jun '16 6:17:32 PM Mdumas43073
Is there an issue? Send a Message


''Dante's Peak'' is a movie about a volcano set in the [[TheOtherRainforest Pacific Northwest]] named, obviously, Dante's Peak. At its foot is a town, also named Dante's Peak.

to:

''Dante's Peak'' is a movie 1997 DisasterMovie directed by Roger Donaldson, about a volcano set in the [[TheOtherRainforest Pacific Northwest]] named, obviously, Dante's Peak. At its foot is a town, also named Dante's Peak.
16th Feb '16 10:45:38 PM Flawedspirit
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* JerkAss: The helicopter pilot. He complains about working over lunch, refuses to embark on a search and rescue mission without hiking his rates, and extorts desperate townspeople trying to evacuate on his helicopter for all their money. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard In the end all he gets is himself and his passengers killed.]]
24th Jan '16 7:42:50 AM krimzonflygon2
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Dr. Paul Dreyfus, despite being a bit of a CommanderContrarian, is a reasonable boss who respects Dr. Dalton.

to:

* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Dr. Paul Dreyfus, despite being a bit of a CommanderContrarian, is a reasonable boss who respects Dr. Dalton. While he is the most vocal in shutting Dalton's initial calls to evacuate Dante's Peak, the moment he sees irrefutable proof of an impending eruption, he immediately give the go-ahead for an evacuation and apologizes to Dalton for doubting him.
21st Jan '16 10:54:10 PM Mikeyfan93
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** [[spoiler: Harry's coworker at the beginning of the film. Seriously, if she'd just left earlier, they'd have missed being in the path of the rock that killed her. Although, considering that lava bombs were unpredictable and falling everywhere, it may have been more shit luck than anything. But it still counts due to the fact that she wanted to ''stay behind and record results while everything was going to hell''.]]
Not wise.

to:

** [[spoiler: Harry's coworker at the beginning of the film. Seriously, if she'd just left earlier, they'd have missed being in the path of the rock that killed her. Although, considering that lava bombs were unpredictable and falling everywhere, it may have been more shit luck than anything. But it still counts due to the fact that she wanted to ''stay behind and record results while everything was going to hell''.]]
]] Not wise.
13th Nov '15 9:08:48 AM Berret
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** [[spoiler: Harry's wife at the beginning of the film. Seriously, if she'd just left earlier, they'd have missed being in the path of the rock that killed her. Although, considering that lava bombs were unpredictable and falling everywhere, it may have been more shit luck than anything. But it still counts due to the fact that she wanted to ''stay behind and record results while everything was going to hell''.]]

to:

** [[spoiler: Harry's wife coworker at the beginning of the film. Seriously, if she'd just left earlier, they'd have missed being in the path of the rock that killed her. Although, considering that lava bombs were unpredictable and falling everywhere, it may have been more shit luck than anything. But it still counts due to the fact that she wanted to ''stay behind and record results while everything was going to hell''.]]
12th Nov '15 10:05:29 PM Tank50us
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** [[spoiler:Grandmother Ruth refuses to listen to the warnings of a member of the ''[=USGS=]'' and stays on her mountainside home, and is still there long after it's started to erupt, to the point of actively denying that it's even erupting when it's raining ash all around her home. Subverted because Dr. Dalton and Rachel then come to save her. Then double subverted when Ruth sacrifices her life to save Dalton, Rachel, and the kids, which wouldn't have been necessary if she had left in the first place. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded by her in her last moments.]]

to:

** [[spoiler:Grandmother Ruth refuses to listen to the warnings of a member of the ''[=USGS=]'' and stays on her mountainside home, and is still there long after it's started to erupt, to the point of actively denying that it's even erupting when it's raining ash all around her home. Subverted because Dr. Dalton and Rachel then come to save her. Then double subverted when Ruth sacrifices her life to save Dalton, Rachel, and the kids, which wouldn't have been necessary if she had left in the first place. It's even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded lampshaded]] by her in her last moments.]]
12th Nov '15 10:04:27 PM Tank50us
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Harry's Fiance gets hit in the head by a Lava Bomb early in the film that was able to punch through the roof of the truck she was in like it was nothing, and yet only has a little blood on her head to show for it. In reality, such an impact would've turned her head inside out, with the rock coming to a stop somewhere in her stomach ([[Squick if it didn't go all the way through her and continued through the rest of the truck]])

to:

* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Harry's Fiance gets hit in the head by a Lava Bomb early in the film that was able to punch through the roof of the truck she was in like it was nothing, and yet only has a little blood on her head to show for it. In reality, such an impact would've turned her head inside out, with the rock coming to a stop somewhere in her stomach ([[Squick if (if it didn't go all the way through her and continued through the rest of the truck]])
12th Nov '15 10:03:07 PM Tank50us
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* PrettyLittleHeadshots: Harry's Fiance gets hit in the head by a Lava Bomb early in the film that was able to punch through the roof of the truck she was in like it was nothing, and yet only has a little blood on her head to show for it. In reality, such an impact would've turned her head inside out, with the rock coming to a stop somewhere in her stomach ([[Squick if it didn't go all the way through her and continued through the rest of the truck]])
27th Oct '15 1:09:32 PM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ArtisticLicenseGeology: It tried to get some research done, but they ultimately could not get it all right. Fluid lava is not known for being a sign of an explosive eruption. Likewise, [[OutrunTheFireball Outrunning the Pyroclastic Flow]] is impossible in RealLife if you are already in its path (Wikipedia puts its speed at "up to 700 km/h"); the mine they held up in should have been rendered a DeathWorld by the hot gas and sheer temperature. And that far in the mine should have been wiped out the second the flow hit.
** On the other hand, they aren't shown to be actually outrunning the pyroclastic flow: they traveled a much shorter distance than it did -- it was gaining on them the whole way, and people ''have'' survived pyroclastic flows by being underground at the time they passed over them. The most famous example is a prisoner in the St. Pierre jail on the island of Martinique, when Mount Pelee erupted in 1902.
** As for the "Fluid lava" issue, it is quite possible for some volcanoes to have both explosive eruptions and lava eruptions at once. [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hekla Hekla]] is a good example of a volcano that can be explosive and effusive in a single eruption. [[IncrediblyLamePun Hek]], a fair number of it's eruptions have been explosive enough to count as Sub-Plinian/Plinian eruptions, on one occasion ''even creating pyroclastic flows'', while still also emitting fairly fluid lava. So although these types of volcano are admittedly uncommon, it's not impossible or unheard of.
** A separate issue is the acid lake. Volcanic activity is indeed known to turn lakes acidic, enough so to kill wildlife. However, this is still acidity in the range of a standard soda, nowhere near enough to create chemical burns, much less to dissolve a boat.

to:

* ArtisticLicenseGeology: It tried to get some research done, but they ultimately could not get it all right. Fluid lava is not known for being a sign of an explosive eruption. Likewise, [[OutrunTheFireball Outrunning the Pyroclastic Flow]] is impossible in RealLife if you are already in its path (Wikipedia puts its speed at "up to 700 km/h"); the mine they held up in should have been rendered a DeathWorld by the hot gas and sheer temperature. And that far in the mine should have been wiped out the second the flow hit.
** On the other hand, they aren't shown to be actually outrunning the pyroclastic flow: they traveled a much shorter distance than it did -- it was gaining on them the whole way, and people ''have'' survived pyroclastic flows by being underground at the time they passed over them. The most famous example is a prisoner in the St. Pierre jail on the island of Martinique, when Mount Pelee erupted in 1902.
** As for the "Fluid lava" issue, it is quite possible for some volcanoes to have both explosive eruptions and lava eruptions at once. [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hekla Hekla]] is a good example of a volcano that can be explosive and effusive in a single eruption. [[IncrediblyLamePun Hek]], a fair number of it's eruptions have been explosive enough to count as Sub-Plinian/Plinian eruptions, on one occasion ''even creating pyroclastic flows'', while still also emitting fairly fluid lava. So although these types of volcano are admittedly uncommon, it's not impossible or unheard of.
** A separate issue is the acid lake.
Volcanic activity is indeed known to turn lakes acidic, enough so to kill wildlife. However, this is still acidity in the range of a standard soda, nowhere near enough to create chemical burns, much less to dissolve a boat.
This list shows the last 10 events of 95. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Film.DantesPeak