The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari review: Engaging account of human zest to survive nature’s wrath

The Netflix documentary ‘The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari’ explores the 2019 volcanic eruption that resulted in the deaths of 22 people. The documentary is now streaming on Netflix.


The Mori-named vacation spot known as White Island, which is situated in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty, abruptly explodes on December 9, 2019 while tourists are still on the volcano.

As the active volcano spews smoke and ash, locals seek shelter nearby. Dead and dying people, individuals with charred flesh peeling off of their bodies, bodily scars are illustrated.

However, a sudden eruption of the area’s active volcano prompts locals and tourists to lend others their unwavering support without giving it a second thought.


This expertly produced video provides reliable reporting on the volcanic eruption on the isolated island of Whakaari.

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Viewing the original footage captured by the tragedy survivors is fascinating since it gives the documentary a lot of authenticity. The clips captured on the island and from the Phoenix boat during the eruption give the viewers a sense of the magnitude of the plume and the dread.

Hans Zimmer and Steve Mazzaro give the soundtrack a Hollywood makeover with their approach to the background music. It gives the travellers’ survival strategies a lot of momentum.

There were a few striking remarks from Whakaari survivors on how lovely, remote, and deadly the island can be.


Rory Kennedy, the director, stays away from delving into the important issues surrounding a catastrophe that claimed 22 lives. 

Kennedy does not include New Zealand Police rescue procedures or tourism businesses appropriately warning clients about the dangers involved with such activities. That critical angle is missing in the documentary which is a serious omission. 

The documentary focuses more on the emotions of the survivors and their families than on the event itself.


The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari demonstrates how an unforeseen circumstance sometimes accidentally brings out the best in individuals. Stories like these demonstrate that people still care profoundly about one another, even strangers, and it’s something to keep in mind.

The Voclano: Rescue from Whakaari
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Director: Rory Kennedy

Date Created: 2022-12-16 13:30

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