Wouldn't you hate to go on vacation and then have it cut short with a disaster and would you be able to get reimbursed for the time that you've lost? Especially if you've gone halfway around the world.
Kevin Fraser (Parker Stevenson) and his wife Dr. Janet (Lynda Carter) head down to New Zealand with his step daughter Melanie (Emily Barclay) to check out various tour companies for his clients. He must be some type of tour broker and is about to meet up with Patrick (Peter Elliott) the owner of an adventure tour.
After Peter meets the family in a village they travel up the mountain where he has his lodge.
On the way up, his former business partner Rangi (William Davis) stands in the middle of the road blocking him from getting up to the top. Rangi is there with other protestors proclaiming that Peter's lodge is on their land.
Peter blows them off and continues on his way but is forced once more to step on his brakes when there's a landslide. This causes his van to hover a little over the edge but being an expert driver manages to get them back on the road.
At the lodge, his tour guide Jason (Antony Starr) comes back with the adventure tourists and Melanie becomes quite smitten with him. Later that night she goes with him to a "romantic" spot and while she lazily lets her hand dip in the water. The water warms up fast burning her hand and while she panics she runs through the forest where she comes across Moana (Patricia Ngawati Faiers). Is Moana a spirit or an actual person? That's the question.
When Janet checks out Patrick's office, she notices seismic equipment and asks him about them. He tells her that they belong to the university and were abandoned two years prior due to an accident that killed one of the scientists (Alistair Browning). As a retired volcanologist, Janet is intrigued and after a tremor, she slips back into her previous profession and begins to analyze the data.
She doesn't like what she sees and continues to investigate other anomalies. Now she really doesn't like what she sees and predicts that Mount Extreme is going to blow.
After being in contact with scientist Brett (Crawford Thomson) she urges him to evacuate the nearby village but he doesn't feel that there's a need. Janet demands that he listen and then she rattles off her resume to him.
While Jason takes the guests out rock climbing, Kevin tags along to keep an eye on Melanie and also to watch what Patrick's business has to offer the guests. After yet another tremor, the guests hurry back to the lodge, but Melanie and Jason become trapped in a cave separated from Kevin, who can't find them.
Janet panics below as Rangi tries to calm her down and he tells her about Moana. A lightbulb goes off above Janet's head and she remembers that Melanie had an earlier encounter with her. He takes her to where she's been spotted in the past.
Upon meeting Moana, she pleads with her to tell her how to get to the mountain and she tells her that she knows of her heartbreak since she lost her husband in an eruption in the Philippines and is keenly aware of the eruption that killed Moana's husband and son.
With information in hand, it's up to Patrick and Rangi to put aside their differences and help Janet get her family and Jason off of the mountain.
Okay, so this isn't the worst disaster movie that I've seen and it is kind of good, but it does have its flaws.
I wouldn't have cast Carter in this at all. She's nothing but a hot mess from appearance (she wears a lot of white which washes her out) to acting (it's way over the top and I wished Moana would have thrown her into the volcano as a sacrifice). It's like nails on a chalkboard. Seriously.
Since Melanie and Jason are trapped in the cave (and Kevin clinging to a bridge) we've seen it in other movies and it was old hat with a big yawn.
But all in all, it ends on a happy note which warmed my cold black heart.
(I had to make the meme of Stevenson because that was the first thing I thought of when I saw him in the Devo helmet).