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I remembered seeing the lead actor, Angus Macfayden, in the movie Braveheart where he plays Roger the Bruce. I liked him in that, so I thought I'd give this a shot. Frankly, I was impressed by the fact that he was cast in the role he played. I know quite a few marine biologists and oceanographers, and he looks more or less like them. They are not the stainless steel and sex-appeal types often cast in leads. He has the facial hair characteristic of the discipline, he's a little overweight, and he wears casual attire worn by them. I was not impressed by the slick character cast to play the director of the oceanographic institute. Anyway, I pushed forward and watched the whole thing.
There is actually pretty good suspense and drama that appears here and there, but I felt like the backgrounds of the characters were not fleshed out well enough. All they give you is that something bad happened, and you never really know what the technology was that they were working on, and how it could be altered for sinister designs.
There is the powerful, but desperate corporate mogul (Tom Skerritt) and his conniving 2nd in command, and the 2nd in command's strong-arm man. This sounds pretty typical, and it was. There are also a couple of FBI agents who seem to be able to act pretty independently, like they have no supervising officer, but that may happen sometimes.Read more ›
You mix all of this together with some fairly interesting Canadian scenery and you wind up with a reasonably watchable movie. While there are a number of clichés, there are not too many and they are actually used to advance the plot. I'll have to admit at one point a specific cliché scene was so frustrating I had to stop watching the movie until the next day but even that one was used to advance the story.
By and large the movie holds together well enough that it encouraged me to watch it all the way through and see how it ended. As one reviewer pointed out the scene on the cover does not happen in the movie except in the minds of the evil corporate bosses. The ending has a surprise twist which I will not reveal but it is not a traditional ending so you may have a surprise in store.
The highest compliment I can pay it is to say my wife watched it all the way through, she is not a disaster flick fan and yet she stuck with it all the way to the end; that takes some doing to accomplish.
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Worth watching and buying if you are a fan of this type of movie.Published 2 months ago by Cynthia D. Darling
I am a big fan of these kind of movies and would recommend it to anyonePublished 11 months ago by DJ
It just wasn't as disastrous a disaster movie that I'd hope for. Maybe I'm just jaded.Published 16 months ago by anonymous
it's ok it just didn't have as much action as I would like but it is still a pretty good moviePublished 20 months ago by ssbackup
not what you would expect but a very enjoyable move. will watch it again and again. family love it thanksPublished 22 months ago by Housekeeper