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So Much Potential
on March 17, 2013
This review contains spoilers. However, if you are at all interested in this movie then you may be thankful to have read them.
I'm a horror nut, like quite a few SyFy originals, and adore the killer plant theme. Unfortunately, this is not "one for eco-horror fans!" This is more of a religious/political semi-thriller than anything else. The movie started out great, then it's as if the budget for digital effects ran out. It soon turns into a religious talky bore without the destruction. I was enjoying the movie until the tendrils came to Reno. They approach the city then instead of seeing any destruction the audience is shown a satellite image and the government officials say Reno is being devastated. The tease was like a punch in the gut. I then figured maybe the scenes of destruction would be saved for the climax. Nope. The tendrils reach Sacramento, the image shakes a bit while people run, then that's it.
The movie was shot well. The acting wasn't bad. The special effects were typical of a SyFy original. The beginning had plenty of action. All the pieces were in place for a good (for a SyFy original) movie. That is why it turned out to be such a monumental disappointment. How something like this could end up as a great looking blu-ray (the image is nice and vibrant hovering around 25-30 Mbps) while Arachnoquake and Piranhaconda remain MIA in the US is a crime against horror fans.
Note: if you pick this up and think you can just sell it on Amazon if you don't like it, think again. Amazon has classified this as a restricted item. This is probably because they know the $20+ price they're asking is insane and no one would bite if sellers offered it for less.