Tuesday, August 30, 2011

TCP#104: Dante's Peak

Uh-oh! I am in big trouble for posting TCP soooo late today! I am awfully sorry my dears... This blogger is just so busy reviewing for her final exams. Would anyone of you like to be the guest Coucher for next week's TCP? I have my examinations scheduled the entire month of September and I wonder if there is someone willing to make guest the TCP posts in the coming Tuesdays of September. Just let me know if you are up for it.

Anyway, without further ado, here's my pick for this week's theme Disaster Strikes. It is no other than the film "Dante's Peak", a 1997 disaster film which stars 007 Agent Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton and Charles Hallalan. Brosnan plays the role of a scientist, Dr. Harry Dalton, who was tasked to invertigate possible volcanic activities in the Cascade Mountains which has not erupted for 7000 years, and is located near a town called Dante's Peak. Dante's Peak has just been awarded the "second most desirable city to live in" and is celebrating it's annual Pioneer Days Festival when a strange thing began to take place: two backpackers were spotted floating in the hot spring due to very high temperature. What's more is that after two weeks of evaluating the mountain and finding no results of an imminent eruption, other strange things began occuring such as the water from the tap having a burnt orange due to sulfur dioxide seeping into the town's water supply. Seismic activities followed after that and it was almost too late to evacuate the town's people. Indeed you can sometimes never tell with mother nature, despite the technical equipment that you have to predict it's activity. A dormant volcano is even more dangerous after it has not erupted for thousands of years.

I picked this movie because it is reminiscent of the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 which took hundreds of Filipino lives due to the raging lahar that swept villages living near the Zambales Mountain Ranges in Luzon. The pressure was definitely on the volcanologists of PHIVOLCS at that time since they needed to issue an evacuation warning and convince the residents to evacuate due to the severity of the threat but I guess it became way too late for some. I just hope that this natural catastrophe won't happen again and that there will be a more accurate and better disaster-preparedness plan for events such as these.

How about you? What's your Disaster Strikes movie for this week? Come share it with us and leave your TCP link in the linky below:

Thank you for joining us this week on Tuesday Couch Potatoes. I hope to see you all again next week for another edition with the theme: "Groovy Kind of Movie"... movies that make you groove with its upbeat music and cool dance steps.

Happy TCP everyone!


jellybelly said...

I've seen the movie but have never read the book. Disaster really make for good movies.

Loi said...

I've seen this movie many times. And is one of my favorite disaster movies.


kim said...

LOVE THIS! i watched it on the big screen and you can imagine how noisy I was while watching, lol! left you a KI$$, girl! hope i get one back, thanks!

MJ Rodriguez said...

this movie does indeed kinda remind me of the Mt Pinatubo eruption in 1991. I was still in phils then and i was in school when it happened. very heart wrenching that so many people had to die because we were so unprepared.

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