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Scorcher (2002)

Mark Dacascos , John Rhys-Davies , James Seale  |  R |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Dacascos, John Rhys-Davies, Tamara Davies, Mark Rolston, Rutger Hauer
  • Directors: James Seale
  • Writers: Graham Winter, Rebecca Morrison, Steve Latshaw
  • Producers: Don Dunn, Lisa M. Hansen, Neil Elman, Paul Hertzberg
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009OOFI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scorcher" on IMDb

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In the thrilling tradition of THE CORE and INDEPENDENCE DAY, SCORCHER stars Mark Dacascos (CRADLE 2 GRAVE, CHINA STRIKE FORCE), Rutger Hauer (CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND), and John Rhys-Davis (THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, INDIANA JONES trilogy) in an action-packed adventure where extraordinary heroes take on the ultimate fight to save the world! In the wake of a horrible nuclear accident, devastating natural disasters abound as the Earth's massive tectonic plates shift violently and unnaturally. To stop the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that are leading up to an inevitable doomsday catastrophe, scientists decide that a nuclear bomb must be detonated in Los Angeles! From there, the fate of the world and the safety of its inhabitants rest with Ryan Beckett (Dacascos) and his elite team, who must pull off this do-or-die race against time.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Woeful disaster movie April 9, 2005
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The world is under threat from the greenhouse effect in Scorcher and the only way to avert total environmental disaster is to detonate an atomic bomb and so realign the tectonic plates along the Pacific rim .There is however one big problem -in order to do its job the bomb must be detonated in Los Angeles ,and the city be totally wiped out .The task is assigned to Ryan ,a maverick US army officer and his elite team .The city is evacuated -or substantially so -and the team go in ,with warring experts adding a complicating factor .These are a father/daughter team .

Further complicating matters are a deranged sniper and a crazed religious fundamentalist who captures Ryan's own daughter.

The low budget means that special effects are recycled from other movies -Dante's Peak in particular .The acting is pretty dire with John Rhys-Davies giving the only thing approximating toa competent performance ,and the casting of Rutger Hauer as the US President seems especially bizarre .

Its a no-brainer and recommended only to the uncritical .
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Bad - I cried with laughter. January 21, 2004
I decided to watch Scorcher with some friends last night. Little did I know that I was in for a treat. There are some disaster flicks that are tongue-in-cheek, but they have a good story line so they are watchable. Scorcher should go down in the annals of history as the worst disaster movie made.
The acting is consistantly horrible, not because of the quality of the actors, but the script is like wading shoulder deep through molasses.
The storyline is bad on so many levels that a thesis could be written on it. Rutger Hauer as the president??? What were they thinking? And please, at least give him a jacket that fit. Their command center is an abandoned soundstage?? Where were all the extras to help fill out the movie? You see the same people over and over. Also could you develop at least one character? Ah never mind!
Scorcher should be made a requisite at all film schools as a good example of a bad example so others can learn what a good example is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Blast!! June 23, 2005
Reminded me of films they used to play on Saturday afternoons

on TV. Action, over the top story, and disaster galore.

Perfect popcorn movie if you're in the right mood.

Thumbs up!~!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Above Average B-Movie Blast! May 30, 2005
Sure, this zero budget Armaggeddon wannabe isn't breaking the slightest bit of new ground, but they sure do make every buck count. Funny part is, it actually WORKS! in large part to the acting and directing. And thats ONLY if you forget the over the top disaster plot (the Earth's plates are moving and can only be stopped by setting off a nuke in LA) Still, there was an honest attempt at making us care for the people in this story by way of two father/daughter plotlines and the movie has some really exciting action sequences to boot. it was nice to see Mark Dacascos doing something other than kicking ass and actually getting to act. Rutger Hauer adds his usual presence and John Rhys Davies was fun to watch as the scientist with a plan. this is one of those movies where you either go with the plot or don't. Despite the obvious low budget, there were some great visuals and the pacing was well done. Music was also great

(very Hans Zimmer-like).

in all, you could do a lot worse from the action aisle of Blockbuster.

Recommend only for those who love B movies that truly aspire

to more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Let's get the bad news out of the way. Mark Dacascos in this film doesn't really do any martial arts, although he does get in a tussle or two. SCORCHER is a disaster movie, and it's up to you to expand the definition of that label. It's a made-for-cable film that premiered in 2002 (HBO?). It's not so bad. It's not that good.

When China conducts an unsanctioned series of underground nuclear tests - "Bad China!" - it inflicts deep fissures in the Pacific tectonic plate and shifts it out of sync with the other 15 tectonic plates on our planet, thus throwing off the rotation of the Earth's axis. The top two scientists in the field can only conclude that humanity was on the "verge of a catastrophic global event." To stave off Earth's incinerating itself, a plan is set into motion requiring the detonation of a 50 megaton thermonuclear device in order to stabilize the Pacific plate, one of the scientists - the cute one - dumbs it down for the non-nerds, calling it a, er, "global chiropractic adjustment."

Three days to get this done before the big fvkc-all. The President of the United States (Rutger Hauer) calls for the best of the best to lead the mission. That's Army Intelligence officer, Colonel Ryan Beckett (Marc Dacascos), a guy with boundary issues (he once hit on the First Lady). He right away doesn't get along with hot and brilliant scientist, Julie McGrath (Tamara Davies). Dispatched to the Cheju Island in the East China Sea to rescue Dr. McGrath from the active volcano, he gets called "jerko" by her. SCORCHER isn't a big budget picture and they make up for that by setting up character conflict all over the place. The disdain Dr. McGrath feels for Beckett doesn't compare to the wrath she unleashes on her estranged scientist dad (John Rhys-Davies).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by ARTHUR TRAVIS
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't blame me if you get burnt by this one
As if we needed yet another way in which nuclear weapons could destroy life on Earth, along comes Scorcher. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel Jolley
3.0 out of 5 stars 'B' Picture but Watchable
Were this a feature film with name stars and great ambitions, there would be plenty of faults to point out. Read more
Published 15 months ago by drkhimxz
2.0 out of 5 stars too much boo-hoo, not enough things blowing up
PRO: Mark Dacascos. Yum. CONS: If it's so dang hot, why are people running around with jackets on? All the 'earthquakes' are just little bitty jiggles that make people fall down,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by gary
5.0 out of 5 stars END OF THE WORLD, MAAAA!!!
If you like fast, fun, silly action disaster movies,

look no further. This one DELIVERS! As a Mark Dacascos

fan, I'm biased of course!!! Read more
Published on August 2, 2005 by sam's review
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Movie
I really enjoyed Scorcher, I thought it was very entertaining for a B-movie. What first attracted me to this film was Rutger Hauer, I think he is a superb actor in any role, in... Read more
Published on May 24, 2005 by silvio_dante6
1.0 out of 5 stars scorcher
When writing this review, they would not allow me to put NO stars.
Published on May 13, 2004 by tanner j. ellison
1.0 out of 5 stars I laughed till I tried to sleep, but couldn't stop laughing!
I'm laughing now because the maximum amount of words that I can use to describe what obvious absurdity this movie was, is a 1,000. Read more
Published on January 23, 2004 by Ladislao
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