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Ring of Fire

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 6/5/13

This is not your typical schlocky Syfy movie with monsters, but it's not exactly a great movie, either. It's essentially a disaster movie, but it's too by-the-numbers, and it's quite a letdown at the end.

A big bad oil company (helmed by Terry O'Quinn, who is usually in better fare, but he does a fine job in this) drills in a small town and attempts to pacify the locals, who don't like that in their town. His estranged daughter is one of the people in the town protesting against the oil company. She figures out that some incidents in the town may mean that the oil company is drilling deeper than they should.

There is a lot of boring technical talk, but essentially, if they drill too deep, they hit magma (lava) and this is bad because it can trigger gas eruptions, earthquakes etc. At least that's what I gathered from watching the movie - I may have some of the details wrong. Let's just say it didn't keep my attention very well. I would think that a modern oil company would know better than to do such a thing, but I don't know... I don't have any more faith in corporations than anyone else (probably less).

A scientist that works for the oil company has been investigating these gas leaks in the earth, and the daughter elicits his help in figuring out what is going on. To add to the drama, he has some sort of brain problem and needs an operation, but he puts it off. The woman's ex-husband doesn't like that she's always getting arrested while protesting, so he has custody of their son, who is also not too happy about his mom getting all involved in political activities. There is a sort of romance between the two, but there is not much chemistry there. I love Michael Vartan, ever since Alias, but all of the characters in this were written very poorly and without much humor or any kind of particular likeability. He really needs to get better scripts.

There are a lot of explosions, the earth moves, people get hurt, a lot of people are in danger, and at least a few people die, but otherwise.... nothing much happens. The ending is very predictable. The movie's writers try so earnestly to be topical and pro-environment that they neglect the plot and characters.

Oddly enough, this is the SECOND movie called "Ring of Fire" to come out on DVD this month, completely unrelated, and neither is a very good movie. There were no extras at all on this DVD. The movie is split into two parts for some reason. I think it was a TV movie on Syfy. Worst of all, there is closed-captioning so if you can't understand the techno-speak that they mumble, too bad! You lose, and so does anyone who's deaf or hard-of hearing. But anyway, regardless, I would skip it.

More Information:

*UNPRECEDENTED. UNTHINKABLE. UNSTOPPABLE.*

*RING OF FIRE*

*Emmy© Award Winner Terry O´Quinn and Michael Vartan Star In **The End-Of-The-World Thriller Arriving On DVD June 11 **From Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment And Sonar Entertainment*

*UNIVERSAL CITY, CA* - The earth rocks in the explosive heart-pounding miniseries, *Ring of Fire,* erupting on DVD June 11 from Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and Sonar Entertainment. The action-packed disaster movie features an all-star cast including Michael Vartan (TV´s "Alias," * Columbiana*), Emmy Award® Winner Terry O´Quinn (TV´s "Lost," "Hawaii Five-O") and Lauren Lee Smith (TV´s "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"). The fiery thriller originally premiered on ReelzChannel as a two-night movie event in March 2013, kicking off the doomsday film series featuring five epic 4-hour experiences.

When a volcanic eruption happens in a small town, Dr. Matthew Cooper (Vartan) and environmentalist Emily (Lee Smith) trace the event back to unsafe drilling done by the oil company owned by Emily´s father (O´Quinn). They soon realize that the explosion is just the first in a series that could trigger the dangerous "Ring of Fire" that contains most of the world´s volcanoes. Dr. Cooper and Emily are determined to stop the cataclysmic chain of events before the Earth is swallowed whole, causing a devastating apocalypse. Race to save the world with *Ring of Fire*, available on Blu-ray and DVD June 11 at the suggested retail price of $29.95 and $19.97, respectively.

*Synopsis*

When an oil rig causes a volcanic eruption in a small town, it's just the first in a trigger effect called the Ring of Fire that stretches across the globe. If these cataclysmic series of eruptions cannot be stopped, the earth will be swallowed whole, leading to an extinction level event.

 - *Price: * $29.95 Blu-ray / $19.97 DVD
- *Street Date: *June 11, 2013
- *Pre-Book: *April 30, 2013
- *Catalog Number:* RH9327 Blu-ray / RH9328 DVD
- *Language:* English
- *Running time:* 176 mins
- *Rating:* Not Rated

*About Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment* >

Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, a leading producer, distributor and marketer of entertainment and lifestyle media, is a [subsidiary] of Gaiam, Inc. (Nasdaq: GAIA). With a diversified distribution network that spans more than 60,000 retail doors as well as an extensive digital platform, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment dominates the health and fitness category and ranks among the top three providers of non-theatrical programming. With content focused on film, fitness, sports and family programming, Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment provides sales, marketing and distribution services to many of the home entertainment industry's most prestigious brands, including Discovery Communications, Jillian Michaels, NFL Films, National Geographic, Marvel Animation, Shout Factory, Televisa, and World Wrestling Entertainment. For more information about Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment, call 1.800.869.3603. >

*About Sonar Entertainment, Inc.*

Sonar Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, producer and distributor of award-winning television series, mini-series and movies for the global television marketplace. Sonar owns rights to over 1,000 titles comprising more than 3,500 broadcast hours of programming. The company maintains strategic creative and licensing partnerships with producers and broadcasters throughout the world.

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