Airplane vs. Volcano is currently available on instant Netflix
Airplane vs. Volcano (2014) – Not rated
“A commercial airliner enters dangerous territory over a ring of active volcanoes, which prevent them from escaping to safety and landing.”
“The pilot, he’s knocked unconscious but everything is okay. If there’s anybody able to give us a hand with any medical training, please help us out” – “That’s a volcano!”
Since the recent Asteroid vs. Earth was from The Asylum, it should come as no surprise that this too is an Asylum production. It honestly takes less than a minute to be ridiculous. A man buries seismic sensors in about three inches of sand (that’s what I hate about Asylum – they can’t even be bothered to try). The sensors pick up vibrations (no, not of the guy walking around though I wouldn’t blame you for thinking that) and then the guy notices that the water is roiling and there are two new islands. Ow, my brain hurts. That is all within the first minute.
The exterior shots show a huge jumbo jet but the interior is a tiny fraction of that space. I was envious of the leg room that the passengers had. Well, until they encountered the volcano anyway.
The usual direct-to-video suspects, Dean Cain and Robin Givens, are present. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, who plays Jim Kirkland, was also Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington in the old Welcome Back, Kotter series. He is actually pretty good as is Tamara Goodwin, who plays the lone stewardess. Several of the other actors are low-budget veterans.
Airplane vs. Volcano is really bad but it is more entertaining than most Asylum entries. It was also bad enough to have me laughing in several spots. They do run through all the old cliches of the 70s airline disasters (engines leaking fuel, radio down, autopilot not working, pilot and co-pilot taken out, etc.) and the ones that Airplane spoofed so well. It honestly seems as though the Kondelik brothers (writers and directors) simply created a checklist of things to go wrong and inserted them into the ‘script’. By the way, Airplane II is currently available on instant Netflix so surely you should just go watch that.
When they run out of disaster cliches, they simply open the airplane door in midflight and send a passenger out to repair the plane with his tools in the middle of the volcanic eruption. Don’t worry though – they have tied him a safety line comprised of a series of seatbelts. No, I am not kidding and this is only shortly past the halfway point.
The non-airplane parts are just dreadful and poorly acted but not in funny ways. The cloud reaching the beach had dreadfully bad special effects. The army actors are especially bad.
If you want to laugh at a bad movie, this will fit the bill. Otherwise, avoid.