(On Cable TV, November 2018) It’s amazing what you can do in terms of special effects nowadays with very few means. It’s even more amazing to consider that scripts don’t require any special effects and yet are still as terrible as they ever were. So it is that volcano-in-LA disaster movie Destruction Los Angeles does feature cheap special effects that would have been the envy of generations of Hollywood directors … yet Tibor Takács can’t be bothered to put together anything resembling interesting characters or a compelling story. Falling back once again on the tired “family in distress” plot with a side order of estranged couple rediscovering each other, this made-for-TV film is the epitome of emptiness. It doesn’t have a single new idea, it doesn’t have a single reason to be watched. It merely exists to fill a programming slot. The actors are there for the paycheck (good for you, actors!) and I suppose that most of the audience is there out of inertia. Re-watch 1997’s Volcano again—it will hold up better.