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Solar Attack (2006)

Mark Dacascos , Joanne Kelly , Paul Ziller  |  PG |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Dacascos, Joanne Kelly, Kevin Jubinville, Sugith Varughese, Craig Eldridge
  • Directors: Paul Ziller
  • Writers: Michael Konyves, Miguel Tejada-Flores
  • Producers: Gordon Yang, Josée Bernard, Lisa M. Hansen, Neil Bregman, Richard Schlesinger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IJ7A1K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Solar Attack" on IMDb

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The largest coronal mass emission (CME) ever detected by scientists breaks off from the sun and hurtles toward the Earth. With temperatures soaring higher, the sky on fire and the continued existence of the human race in question, scientists must explode the polar ice caps to stop the CME. Will it backfire or save life as we know it?

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solar attack May 6, 2007
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I have always loved the actors in this movie and was NOT disappointed in the movie stars. The story line was just "okay" and I enjoyed watching it, but it will probably NOT be one of thos movies that I especially watch again and again. I am a REAL disaster or castrophe buff. Hit was okay but definately not great.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An honest "B" disaster movie March 21, 2008
Format:DVD
The real problem is not sets, special effects or acting:
it is the plot science is just bad to really nonexistent!
These two points are just both false:
1) solar flares of coherent plasma
2) methane enough to combine with all the atmospheric oxygen
Other than that the submarine warfare was pretty good.
Blowing up the polar ice caps with nuclear missiles is
just a really bad idea, too.
It came real close to being a comedy
and would have been if the acting would have been worse than it was.
It isn't in the class of "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes",
but just barely!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, I am not impressed. September 13, 2007
By K Kay
Format:DVD
I may not be the biggest fan of disaster films, but this movie was even worse than most. The acting is very weak, and the story line is just too weak. I would have turned the movie off, if my husband wasn't one who watches any movie once. I laughed my way through most of it, and finally gave up to read a book. Though the story idea may be a good one and the actors chosen have done great work, this movie was a major let down. The time would be better spent reading. I hope the book was better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard disaster, well executed January 15, 2011
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A threat from the sun will soon burn up the atmosphere and destroy all oxygen on earth. Only Lucas Foster (Mark Dacascos) can predict and through the buddy system have a chance to save the earth despite shortsighted scientists, indecisive politicians and an estranged scientist wife. We may even have to deal with the commies.

Can Lucas overcome all odds in the time restricted disaster? Or all we all doomed?

Yes we have had volcanoes in L.A., moons exploding and all kinds of natural/unnatural disasters. Only renegade and misunderstood scientists can save us from or follies. This won't be the last disaster movie; however it is up there with the best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sci Fi cliches galore May 26, 2009
Format:DVD
Watching a string of Sci Fi's movies have basically shown me a pattern. 1. No matter what the disaster, a well placed nuclear strike "just might work" to avert it. 2. The President is always a black guy. 3. No one initially will listen to the Doc Brown scientist. 4. Everything will be fine by the time the credits roll.

The plot in this one was pretty much copied later by "Polar Storm"

Overall, if you like these types of movies, it could have been worse, and Lou Gosset Jr is the man no matter how cheap the movie is!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate, but Derivitive February 16, 2008
By GRJ
Format:DVD
As a long time Sci-Fi fan, I found this film enjoyable, but derivitive. The special effects were good, but not spectacular. The acting was better than I first expected. The story plot itself seems to be largely derived from Irwin Allen's original 1960 movie version of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", which is the better film in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars it's all about CME's... January 18, 2011
Format:DVD
Life on earth is threatened by the effects of huge solar explosions known as coronal mass ejections (CME's), in Solar Attack (2005), a direct to video production from Lions Gate, with a storyline that falls into a very familiar pattern.

Scientist and businessman Lucas Foster (Mark Dacascos) is involved in the study of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. When his space shuttlelike vehicle burns up in the upper atmosphere, while on a mission to measure methane levels, Foster becomes convinced that the planet faces impending disaster. The CME's are penetrating the weakened ozone layer, and igniting methane in the upper atmosphere. These fires in the sky, threaten to burn up all the oxygen on the planet, and extinguish all life on Earth.

After more areas of the sky catch on fire, and satellites begin to fall out of orbit and crash land, Foster presents his theory of impending destruction to the President (Louis Gossett Jr.). As the situation worsens, communication becomes spotty, and more areas of the globe are destroyed. Foster's proposed solution of detonating nuclear missiles at the North Pole, launched from a submarine, may be familiar to anyone that remembers the movie Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961). While the US and Soviet governments dance around, time is running out, leaving Foster little option but to act on his own, to try and save the world.

Fortuitously, the commander of a Soviet submarine near the north pole, is Foster's personal friend, and he manages to get aboard, and convince his Russian comrade to fire his missiles. After a ton of submarine related clichés, the missiles are finally launched, and the planet is spared.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Now this is what I call global warming February 28, 2009
Format:DVD
I have to take exception to the comments of anyone who says this movie could only appeal to truly stupid and uneducated viewers because I enjoyed the heck out of this movie, and I am the exact opposite of stupid and uneducated. Some pompous windbags apparently think any science fiction movie, particularly one of the global disaster variety, should be written by scientists to ensure that every single detail of the story is consistent with current scientific theories (ignoring the fact that no two scientists are ever going to agree on everything and will likely radically change those theories over time). I for one don't mind having some actual fiction in my science fiction, as long as the story holds together on its own merits. Even Carl Sagan's science fiction novel Contact goes far off the hard science reservation at the end. Are the events found in this movie scientifically sound and believable? No, but who the heck cares? It's a great story that makes for one surprisingly exciting science fiction and geopolitical thrill ride. Solar Attack (also known as Solar Strike) might even warm the cockles of Al Gore's fear mongering heart. Global warming? I've got your global warming right here, fellow.

As the title might suggest, the sun is mad as hell about something and isn't going to take it anymore. The release of CMEs (coronal mass ejections) is nothing new, but all of a sudden our life-giving star is belching out, one right after the other, the veritable mothers of all CMEs. The first sign of trouble comes when the solar probe designed to help watch for these things is incinerated in a heartbeat.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A B movie they would make in 50 years ago ...
A B movie they would make in 50 years ago then today but with today's problems on earth. And still needing government ok on everything. Read more
Published 9 days ago by beth holman
3.0 out of 5 stars ... The Bottom Of The Sea" which was actually a better movie....
A re-write of "Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea" which was actually a better movie. Watchable, but at times laughable.
Published 1 month ago by Mike Sullivan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie, great acting and kept your interest from beginning to end.
Published 2 months ago by Kelley Bohlmann
3.0 out of 5 stars SCIFI
I always enjoy all things SCIFI...to an extent. Not the best but surely not the worst available on the market.
Published 13 months ago by Forrest E. Miller, II
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm not sure!!!!!!!
The movie is boring in parts, unrealistic and doesn't make sense. It was such a shame as I love science fiction. I wouldn't go out of my way to watch this DVD. It is a real shame.
Published 15 months ago by Lynda C. Bateson
4.0 out of 5 stars I love sci-fi
Im getting old and I cant recall all the details. But I do recall I enjoyed this a great deal.

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Published 15 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars review movie
one of my favorite movies which was difficult to locate,but at last i own it thanks a bunch for having it for me.
Published 17 months ago by Joseph Attenello
4.0 out of 5 stars Standard disaster, well executed
A threat from the sun will soon burn up the atmosphere and destroy all oxygen on earth. Only Lucas Foster (Mark Dacascos) can predict and through the buddy system have a chance to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by bernie
2.0 out of 5 stars Good for a boring Sunday aftenoon
I'm a big fan of Science Fiction and own over 400 titles. I always thought that world disaster was a poor premise for a science fiction move. This movie is a great example of why. Read more
Published on October 31, 2010 by Dwight M. Lanpher
5.0 out of 5 stars Solar Attack
I read the reviews on this before purchasing,some did'nt favor it but I think that was a rash decision.because this really is a good movie,I enjoyed it a lot.
Published on March 18, 2010 by Lillie Lathan
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