The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari Everything You Need to know

The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari will be aired in select cinemas on December 9, 2022, before arriving on Netflix on December 16, 2022.

Rory Kennedy and her film team practically take you to the mouth of the Volcano on White Island, New Zealand. There with the tourists who were unlucky enough to be on that island when the volcano erupted on December 9, 2019.

Unfortunately, 22 people were killed. This was due to the two tour groups’ proximity to the island. Some are practically standing at the crater’s mouth.

However, the film also highlights the beauty of New Zealand. The outstanding camera work highlights the splendor of this remote area where few people live or visit.

However, it is the survivors who recount their stories with just beautiful imagery and pure sound effects. Then there’s the drama of how they were rescued by a gang of chopper pilots and boat crews who risked their lives to save what New Zealand officials thought was unreachable. This film is captivatingly engaging.

It’s also a love story about a couple on their honeymoon who stuck together against all obstacles thanks to the power of love. Their sweet love radiates through the lens into the screen and your heart, despite being damaged for life.

Then there’s the loss of a sibling. Seeing a native mother express her sadness over losing her kid humanizes the tragedy. Perhaps the most moving was the young Australian kid who witnessed his sister, mother, and father’s prolonged death pain before rising to will himself back to the rescue area.

He is still undergoing procedures to this day. The film properly brings you to the foot of the tragedy’s force. You can’t help but be amazed as you watch.

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The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari


Rory Kennedy directed The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari, produced by Sara Berstein and Justin Wilkes. Rory Kennedy, Dallas Brennan Rexer, Mark Bailey Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Jennifer Davisson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Philip Watson serve as executive producers. Mark Bailey and Dallas Brennan Rexer wrote the excellent script.

The soundtrack for the next Netflix original documentary will be composed by Steve Mazzaro (The Boss Baby, Army of Thieves, The Rhythm Section) and Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Lion King, Dune, The Dark Knight, Gladiator).

When watching this documentary, be prepared to see survivors’ burns illustrating the extreme steam heat that cut through their clothes. The poignant comments of the bereaved survivors are sad when paired with the words and tales of the brave helicopter pilots. Risk, liability, limitations, and safety are also addressed.