The following synopsis contains major spoilers, so consider yourself warned!
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Screenplay writer Josh (Matthew Atkinson) nervously roams the studio grounds as he talks with his sister, Jessica (Amy Paffrath) just before he takes a meeting with Stern (Tom Parker) and Bennett (John Patrick Jordan) producers of the disaster epic Earth Crisis. They make fun of him since he's still a little rattled from an early morning earthquake and they also tell him that he's the eighth writer on the movie.
Stern tells him that he hasn't seen Josh's last movie, Lava Angeles and then tells him that he has a meeting with Dr. Irwin (Harry Van Gorkum), who the male lead is "very loosely" based on.
Josh asks when the meeting will take place and Stern tells him that there's a car waiting for him, and he's soon whisked away to meet the famed seismologist.
Because he's a huge fan of Dr. Irwin's, he doesn't want to fanboy out when he meets him, but comes close to it when actress Kat Rivers (Lexi Johnson) shows up. She's one of his favorite actresses and is surprised when they get into a helicopter and she pilots it.
Kat and Dr. Irwin banter back and forth about the upcoming movie and they end up calling Josh "eight" due to the string of writers.
As Kat flies over the city, Dr. Irwin notices that things don't look too great down at MacArthur Park as steam shoots up from the water and soon lava bombs are shot out and strike throughout the city.
Kat lands the helicopter and with phone service out, Dr. Irwin guides them to a house to look for a landline.
Eruption: LA (Official Trailer)
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Downtown at City Hall, Mayor Jones (Eric Etebari) is upset about everything that's going on and his assistant, Ava (Victoria Gabrielle Platt) suggests a media blackout.
I can't figure out though if she's working with or against him, because earlier in the movie when two men are killed in the tunnels due to the heat and lava, Jones is mad because the tunnel project is behind and she seems to care about the workers, but by doing a press blackout, I couldn't figure that out.
After arguing with an operator, Dr. Irwin is able to get in touch with the mayor's office, because he doesn't want his ex-partner, Robson (Tom Schanley) to get to him first. He knows that Robson will give the mayor the wrong information since he's figured out that magma tubes are snaking along the Newport-Inglewood fault, something Robson doesn't know about.
Kat, Josh and Dr. Irwin head to an abandoned building and while there he manages to do an experiment and rushes Kat and Josh out of the building before it collapses. As they rush out, some magma splashes against Josh's T-Shirt and he catches briefly on fire.
With Josh in pain, Kat hotwires a car (another thing she learned from a movie she starred in) and they head to the hospital where Jessica works. She tells them that they have to leave and she can't leave any patients behind, but that changes once some lava bombs start hitting close by.
Downtown Los Angeles begins to collapse as the bombs hit the skyscrapers and there's little hope that the city can be evacuated, but up at the base camp, Kat and Josh tell the mayor (seconds before Robson arrives) that he has to go with Dr. Irwin's plan, a plan that the mayor rejects, since Robson is the expert.
With magma racing toward a gas field, Kat calls Serge (Matthew Willig) and she tells him that she needs him to steal a helicopter, rig a bomb and blow up a plant, so the ocean can come inland and cool the magma.
The new threesome manage to get taken into custody by Lt. Talbot (Kelcey Watson) as Josh and Kat try to explain what their plan is. He won't listen to them and then finally lets the two go down to the basement to plant the bomb, just as another quake hits.
When all hope runs out after being trapped, Talbot and Serge bust down the door and they only have seconds before the bomb goes off, as Kat tells Josh that she liked Lava Angeles.
He's stunned that someone actually liked it and as they plot out their experience into a movie, she tells him that she, "thought it was crap, but the crappier the better."
After watching this movie, this is now one of my favorite movies because it was well done, the plot (a little hokey) but somehow, everything blends well together and it's a good way to spend a Saturday night.
Now, if I could only get the butter-popcorn ratio right, it would be a perfect night.