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Metal Tornado (2011)

Greg Evigan , Lou Diamond Phillips , Gordon Yang  |  PG |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Greg Evigan, Lou Diamond Phillips, Nicole deBoer
  • Directors: Gordon Yang
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Arc Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0079K4W9E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

When a ground-breaking industrial experiment goes awry, the energy overflow manifests into a deadly swirling magnetic field! Workers and scientists scramble for safety as it quickly overwhelms the plant. This magnetized funnel begins consuming anything metallic --growing in strength and shredding everything in its path. Street signs are ripped from the ground, cars flung across parking lots, grain silos uprooted…the tornado of swirling metal unleashes! Scientists, Steven Winters, Michael Edwards and Rebecca Adler, race against the clock to try to stop this extraordinary threat that continues to grow with every minute. They realize their only way to stop this storm of destruction could ultimately be catastrophic, but they have no other choice.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Awful!!! August 19, 2012
Okay, I watched this last night with my fiance and a buddy of mine. The opening credits hadn't even finished rolling and already I was apologizing to them for picking such a horrible stinker of a movie.


Okay so the 3D graphics in this "movie" look like something that was made on someone's laptop in an afternoon using software from the 90's. Seriously, when you see the satellites and the energy collectors and the tornadoes, they are just so lame and goofy looking that you can't help but laugh at them!

The storyline is pretty stock and cookie-cutter. Some company has put all their money into this program and if it fails they'll go under. But at the VERY beginning there is this guy who is the head high science guy or something and he's shouting into the phone that the process is flawed and to shut the project down and if they don't that people will die. But they decide to ignore him, cuz after all what does he know? He's only the head of science and safety for the whole program, let's just ignore everything he says, I mean it's not like that's the reason we hired him!

So the experiment goes off and loses 2% of it's energy which spawns the tornado that is magnetic and is pulling in everything that is metal, thus creating the metal tornado that gives this movie it's name. So the tornado moves around yanking things into it, cars, motorcycles, a chainsaw, signs, etc. But NO ONE sees the damn thing! Seriously! Everyone is like, "Where'd it go?" or, "We have to find it!" I mean seriously! It's a HUGE FUNNEL CLOUD! It's not like it's Jason Bourne in New York City where it can just blend into it's surroundings. Just open your eyes and ears and you'll find it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm peaking over here!" June 17, 2012
By Einsatz
I appreciated that this movie never attempted to be more than it was, cheap popcorn fare. It isn't a masterpiece of Sci-Fi by any stretch. The plot is purely by the numbers, following the same formula that most of these movies do: bad science runs amuck with an ill-advised project that the military then has to come in and rectify. This is one of those dopey scenarios where everyone knows something crucial but they either hide the facts, dismiss the facts, or refuse to share the facts with anyone else. The disaster in question could have been solved immediately if all the right people just sat down and talked about it rather than waiting until things got out of control.
The FX is what you'd expect from computer work. The characters rigidly follow the usual stereotypes: a greedy boss (Greg Evigan), the reluctant hero (Lou Diamond Phillips), and the love interest who isn't a damsel in distress (Nicole Deboer). There's also the added tension of a slacker son, a widow who knows the TRUTH about the project, and a spineless second in command who won't stand up to the boss. For good measure, they peppered the rest of the small cast with crackpots and forgettable standbys.
This isn't the work of genius; this is a lazy attempt to cash in with familiar subjects that most people expect from television. Worse, for a movie about widespread death and destruction, very little of either is ever seen. Paris is wiped off the map but the only reason we know that is because someone in the movie says it happened. At least they saved Philadelphia.

Happily for me, I happen to enjoy this type of crap, specifically because it is crap. This is the type of movie I collect for double feature nights of equally bad movies. There's an art to being this bad.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ROGUE MAGNETIC FIELD March 17, 2012
This made for TV movie boasts the same fine quality production we have come to love in these masterpieces. Lou Diamond Phillips stars as a young looking Michael Edwards who works at Helios World. The company has a plan to extract energy from upper level ionic particles due to solar flares. (Light takes 8 minutes to travel from the sun to the earth. These flares take far less time.) Once captured, the energy is beamed to the earth as blue electromagnetic waves.

Unfortunately things don't go as planned. It creates an electromagnetic tornado that attracts anything metal, regardless of its magnetic properties...and chainsaws keep operating! While LDP is attempting to save the countryside of rural Pennsylvania he has to deal with the problems of single parenthood and trying to date fellow co-worker (Nicole de Boer).

The movie intensifies as LDP must hurry to come up with a way to save Philadelphia and France! Why do I not feel the intensity?

Fairly awful sci-fi movie, about Asylum grade. Might work for tweens.

No f-bombs, sex, or nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE LOU VS. THE METAL TORNADO February 19, 2014

The Lou is the man, I have said it before and I will say it again. Every time a new film or show comes out with Lou Diamond Phillips I must own it. The Lou is one of my favorite actors ever so when this came out I had to have it. Luckily for me I love b SYFY channel like movies so with a name like “Metal Tornado” I knew it was a film for me. As I suspected I loved it.

Helios World is an energy company on the verge of solving the world’s energy problem. They have created a way to convert solar flares into electrical energy, clean energy. The only problem is during the first attempt at the download a very low percentage is lost in the transmission. This low amount turns into a huge problem as a tornado of electrical energy hits the country side making its way across the east coast magnetically picking up all metal objects. This of course creates a “Metal Tornado” tearing up everything in sight. Michael Edwards [Phillips] who works for the company seemed to be the only one who cared at all that something went wrong during the download and as such is the only one to try to do anything about it. Now with multiple tornados heading for cities like Philadelphia and Paris France Michael must find a way to stop them.

With such a crazy title and concept I knew I was in for a good time and I was right. This is B movie entertainment at its finest with made for TV CG and writing. This was co written and directed by Gordon Yang who as produced films I enjoyed like “Arctic Blast”, “Kaw”, “Screamers 2”, “Swarmed”, Fire Serpent”, and the excellent “Dear Mr. Gacy” so that was a plus. He knew what type of movie this was so the movie plays like it should. Sure the writing isn’t the greatest thing but come on what do you expect from a film like this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
it starts off with action and goes all the way through well written and well acted one of lou's best of lattly
Published 1 month ago by henry beghtol
3.0 out of 5 stars Missed naming opportunity - could have been Magnado
An experiment with unlimited energy form solar flares go awry. At least that is the premise. In reality it is the standard disaster movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Take Off All Metal When This Guy's Around
The science, well, but who is complaining I'm not, there is Lou Diamond Philips and that is enough for me. It offers a lot of action. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Flickering Light Screen Play 48
4.0 out of 5 stars Metal Tornado
This movie is close to being realistic and the acting was very good. Some parts of the movie were way out there but in all it is a keepier
Published 5 months ago by sherlock
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Tornado Review
I loved this movie! I thought that it was extremely entertaining and the action kept you on the edge of your seat. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ashley Gibson
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Can Prepare You for This!
Or at least that's what the film's tagline informs us. However, it's quite easy to prepare for this movie: keep your expectations lower than the sunken city of Atlantis. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat okay
Suspeneful, Business for profit, untold dangers, adventures, and non stopping plot. A business man who is only thinking of his own pocket book, and not what the side effects are... Read more
Published 5 months ago by sweetlady1012
3.0 out of 5 stars Metal Tornado movie
Mediocre. It's nbot the worst or the best disaster movie. Rates in the middle of most disaster movies. It's okay
Published 5 months ago by Carol
3.0 out of 5 stars Well done for low-budget, but banal and boring
"Metal Tornado" (2011) is another Syfy creature feature, although this time the "monster" is -- you guessed it -- a metal tornado, a magnetic vortex that attracts an increasing... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wuchak
4.0 out of 5 stars came very quick good condition
Good service and fast
story kept moving effects were fine
good picture quality and sound money well spent. I recommend
Published 9 months ago by John Uhtof
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