When it rains, let’s hope it puts out the fire.
Paul Shapiro‘s Ring of Fire adds itself to an astoundingly long list of disaster films. Unfortunately, it has the cinematic equivalent to watching paint dry. The film divides into two parts, before the volcanic eruption–and after the eruption. After enduring a barely excitable first half, I was looking forward to the second, yet to be again disappointed. Ring of Fire is three hours long; three hours that could be spent catching up with my course assignments–or even better, recycling.
A geologist (Michael Vartan) observes rapid release of carbon dioxide from the Earth’s crust in a short amount of time. Environmentalist Emily Booth (Lauren Lee Smith) links the strange deaths of local wildlife to the increased release of carbon dioxide to a greedy corporation trying to extract every drop of oil from her local town. Luckily, the town is also home to a mostly undisturbed volcano.
Why would anyone want to dig for oil so close to a volcano? Well, the company assumed that the large mass of MAGMA was a huge oil deposit. The technology used in the film should have been able to detect the difference between a boiling pocket magma–or oil. It is scientifically impossible and downright inconceivable to confuse magma with anything else except well, magma. What happens is this: a series of spastic eruptions would create a “ring of fire” that can swallow the Earth if these eruptions cannot be stopped.
The drama also builds as the character personal conflicts merge. Emily is struggling between trying to spend time with her son, and go against her father–the head of the oil corporation (Terry O’ Quinn) responsible for the senseless oil exploration project. The dialogue and performances are easily predictable. The camera never stops moving. It is either shaking uncontrollably, or sliding back and forth across scenes which rendered the viewing experience nauseating.
Ring Of Fire Special Features include:
• Sneak Peek – Eve of Destruction
Eve of Destruction is another eco-film that begins ten years earlier from the present day in a small Russian town. Looks promising–but quickly deteriorated when the bad CGI seen in Ring of Fire appeared in the form of a weird lightning storm cloud. From what I gathered of the story, two scientists are trying to create unlimited free-energy for the planet, and eco-terrorists were trying to stop them.
Artwork and supplementary material courtesy ©2013 of Sonar Entertainment. All rights reserved.