YMMV / Volcano

  • Anvilicious: The film has a message about working together in the face of a crisis, but it's put in some of the most blunt terms, including everyone looking the same from the volcano ash after the eruption.
    • Or the not-so-subtle jab that building a subway in Los Angeles is wrong. A pretty common moral in movies from the 1990s, especially those made by people from Beverly Hills.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: "Build a Wall" and "March of the Lava", by Alan Silvestri.
  • Fridge Logic: Too many instances to count (though the Artistic License Geology at the top of the main page helps), but when the firemen and cops all start cheering out, 'WOOT, we just stopped the lava pouring down the middle of main street!" So, uh, what about the dozens of side-streets that it's obviously been flowing down as well?
  • Rooting for the Empire: Many people wanted the lava to win.
    • Why? Probably because of the cheesy dialogue and general silliness of the plot.
  • Special Effects Failure: There are points in the film where the lava may not exactly be convincing. Plus, the shot of an entire flotilla of helicopters swarming onscreen as they prepare to dump thousands of gallons of water on blocked lava flow is clearly just one too many helicopters duplicated into the same shot in too small an airspace for them all to function.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Narmtastic dialogue, Genre Blindness and Convection Schmonvection all rolled into a cliche ridden disaster movie. It's practically a perfect storm of elements for bad movie lovers.
    • But the heroism aspects resonate even stronger after 9/11.
    • Mike Nelson in his book Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese compares it to an old war movie, saying it was "cornball, but with heart".
  • The Scrappy: Kelly. So. Very. Much.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The lava effects are impressive, holding up very well for a movie made in 1997.