23. Dante’s Peak
Release Year: 1997
Directed By: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan, Jeremy Foley, Jamie Renee Smith, Elizabeth Hoffman, Grant Heslov, Arabella Field, Tzi Ma, Bill Bolender, Peter Jason, Lee Garlington, Jeffrey L. Ward, Kirk Trutner, Brian Reddy, Susie Spear, Walker Brandt
Release Date: Sunday, Sept. 1
Disaster movies will always be a tentpole at the summer box office. Whether it’s killer sharks, natural disasters, or volcanoes, any movie with an unbelievable amount of destruction will draw eyeballs, no matter how corny. As the years go on, the special effects have gotten even more impressive, forcing as to suspend our disbelief much further, but throwback disaster movies will never lose their luster. This month, the ’90s hit Dante’s Peak arrives as one of the best new Netflix movies streaming in September.
Pierce Brosnan stars in Dante’s Peak as volcanologist Harry Dalton, who along with Mayor Rachel Wando (Linda Hamilton), convinces the cavalier populace of the fictional Washington town Dante’s Peak that they need to evacuate before a major volcano erupts. Following the mayor’s announcement, she discovers that her children have traveled up the mountain to reach their grandmother, putting themselves in harm’s way. Harry and Rachel must race the clock of nature to save her family before the volcano unleashes its seismic fury.
Dante’s Peak comes from director Roger Donaldson, who also directed such films as Cocktail, Cadillac Man, The Recruit, and The Bank Job. Upon release, the film drew a comparison to Volcano, a similar disaster movie released the same year. However, Dante’s Peak wasn’t as positively reviewed as its competitor, earning a score of 24% on Rotten Tomatoes. But the film fared better at the box office with a $178 million worldwide gross. Say goodbye to summer with a throwback disaster movie when Dante’s Peak starts streaming at the top of September!