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Polar Storm


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  • Actors: Jack Coleman, Holly Dignard, Tyler Johnston, Terry David Mulligan, Roger R. Cross
  • Directors: Paul Ziller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: FIRST LOOK PICTURES
  • DVD Release Date: February 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TVQ4E4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,182 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Polar Storm" on IMDb

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When a piece of the massive comet ''Copernicus'' collides with the Earth, it knocks the planet off of its axis and unleashes a disaster never before witnessed in recent history. Dr. James Mayfield (Jack Coleman) and his highly trained research team are the only ones who can re-align the axis. With the life of his teenage son and his beloved wife on the line, the only way James can save his family from the unthinkable is to save the world.

Customer Reviews

For a low-budget disaster movie, this is not bad.
Karl E. Weaver
The special effect are not well blended in and look fake but otherwise it has a decent story line and good acting.
Kevin Williamson
After the surge, they wouldn't be able to turn the car back on because the computer is fried.
Fred Rayworth

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Karl E. Weaver on February 15, 2010
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For a low-budget disaster movie, this is not bad. Jack Coleman plays a geophysicist who lives in Washington state (most of the outdoor stuff seems to be in Washington, and some in Alaska--very beautiful landscapes). He's got a moody adolescent boy who hasn't adjusted to dad's remarrying and having a stepmother (Holly Dignard) who is also a teacher at his high school. Coleman, the hero, is estranged from his father, a general stationed in Washington (which connection helps our hero attract Presidential attention and save the world). Coleman is not exactly a charismatic actor but gives a good working performance.
The movie has an interesting, not so often seen story trick--the very beginning is a flash-forward but NOT to the end of the movie (the usually seen); no, it's a flash-forward to about the MIDDLE of the film, when all hell is popping loose--then after a couple minutes the film goes back to the beginning and stays linear all the rest of the way through from there. Halfway through, you see the beginning sequence again and say "Oh THERE it is! Oh, and this is what happens next..."
What happened was: a large fragment of a big comet hit the earth in Alaska and somehow managed to shift its axis of rotation 10 degrees--without causing planetwide damage (that's about the most difficult part to swallow). This causes the axis of rotation to be significantly mis-aligned with the magnetic axis, which causes the magnetic polarity of the earth to destabilize and start breaking up. Earth-threatening consequences, ensue as cosmic radiation is penetrating down to the earth's surface and also tends to build up and cause huge electromagnetic pulsations, which destroy pretty much all functioning electrical equipment in the area.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rick Plesnik on February 28, 2010
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This movie is fast paced, maybe too fast paced. This could have been worked up into a fairly credible mini series, but as is leaves the viewer wondering about the credibility issues. There are gaps you could drive a tractor trailer through. The actor playing the son of the main protagonist is morose at best or bored. Somebody feed that kid a happy pill. The scene with the Russians had potential that could have borne fruit in a mini series, but is merely glanced over. The Russian captain was a little too ernest. And just where did they get that Type VIIC WWII sub anyway? The west coast had a Russian diesel sub on display for some time, and it did not look like that one.

Good premise, but mediocre movies.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Seadreamer on February 27, 2010
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I was not really sure how this movie was going to play, but it is a thriller and it did keep me on the edge of my seat --- I would probably even watch it a second time --- that's saying a lot for me.

BUT, do yourself a favor and buy it used on amazon marketplace or rent it...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott C. Mugan on March 24, 2010
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This was one of the worst Sci Fi movies ever! You have to turn the car off or the EM pulse will fry it? Pretty sure it will still fry the electronics when it's off, probably won't kill you though. The big Army truck gets fried as do the guys in it and the good Dr says it fried the the battery and starter. He whips out his cute little red tool box and swaps the battery and alternator from their Jeep Liberty and the big diesel starts! Yeah, right. Apparently the biggest nuclear bombs ever made are pretty light, it only took four guys to load them into the truck, how did they get them into the Russian sub that just happened to be on the west coast? An old Russian Diesel sub can make it to the bottom of the Marianas Trench? 36,000 feet down? Really? And the guy with the pacemaker, why didn't the earlier EM pulses fry his pacemaker? These are just some of the gross abuses of reality, there are many more, don't bother unless you want something to laugh at, in disbelief.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fred Rayworth on December 13, 2010
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I never go into my icky bug looking for scientific fact, but in the case of Polar Storm, they went over the top with ridiculous science and mechanics. Do I care? Not really. However, in this case, some of the holes in the story I noticed because they hit me over the head.

First off, when the waves of the electronic field hit, turning off all power should prevent everything from getting fried. Not really, but I could have accepted that if they had made it a bit more realistic. Any car built from the 80's on has a computer in it. The newer models have even more complex computers. What they all have in common is that just because you shut the ignition off, doesn't mean everything is off. The computer is still idling unless you disconnect the battery. They didn't do this. Guess what? After the surge, they wouldn't be able to turn the car back on because the computer is fried. And, what about the digital clock? That should have zapped everyone in the front seat. And the only way to completely kill power in cell phones and I-pods is to disconnect the battery.

Next is the trusty old Russian diesel submarine. They have 24 hours to travel from California to the Mariannas Trench. That would take a diesel sub at least a week or more, if they run on the surface and don't have bad weather. Not only that, but to run so deep they would be dodging volcanic vents is not only dumb, but beyond the depth range of the sub. Even though it is a relatively antique sub, unless they had ALL power down during one of the surges, they are just as susceptible to the electronic surges as anyone. I guess they were not near one of the polar nexus points and got away with it.
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