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on September 15, 2013
OK, the acting isn't the best and the plot is filled with holes big enough to loose the grand canyon. But for what it is, the special effects were better than the average low budget disaster flick (quite good actually).

Truth be told my husband and I enjoyed this movie. It was funny in places, scary in others and actually quite good.

Now if you want to see one of the WORST low budget disaster flicks, watch the "500 MPH STORM".
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on September 5, 2014
This disaster flick takes place in a small-small town where few people are seen while untold millions are killed off-screen via hearsay (New York, Boston, and Washington DC). Of the already miniscule cast, few survive. The scenes jump rapidly from enclave to enclave dealing with a barebones assessment of family dynamics, 2 bickering scientists with a single clue, and the suspect friendships among a tiny group of teens stuck in detention. The man in charge of these teens, including his son, proves an unerring lack of good judgment as the movie progresses. As with most movies like this, science terms are bandied about like they're going to mean anything to those of us who are just looking for action, suspense, and yes, a lot of crazy destruction (it doesn't qualify as a disaster flick if something doesn't get destroyed). In this case, buildings are reduced to nothing in the blink of an eye, people too. But it's not nearly enough devastation to justify their chatter about worldwide obliteration. (Truthfully, when they started yapping about some `destruction particle' and some foo-ton or was that futon, phooey-ton-ton-tooey-something........... I began to lose interest.) At least it rushed the plot along at a goodly pace, enough so you don't notice the obvious improbabilities like a plane crashing at a convenient location so the detention dad (David Sutcliffe) can just happen to be in the area at the perfect moment to move the plot along to the next obvious point (it felt less like a plot and more like a check list at that juncture). Still, there's enough goofy charm amongst the small cast to make things interesting. I liked it. I'd watch it again someday. I just don't want to have to feel like I need to study up on Jupiter in order to get what's going on.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon March 18, 2014
It's too bad. Somewhere in America's heartland three students serving high school detention (and one other student who's just there to do a story for the school newspaper) were maybe on their way to bonding like them kids from The Breakfast Club. But then that monster electrical storm got brewin' and devastatin' and there went the off chance of being serenaded by Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me." My guess is that the kids' detention project of cleaning up the gym for next Monday's science fair is gonna to have to wait a second.

The film alerts us that, uh oh, Jupiter's notorious zit - the Great Red Spot - has suddenly vanished. And here on planet home, reports rage on of unexplained weather disturbances, of storms volatile enough that they'd already laid waste to chunks of the eastern seaboard. New York, Boston, Washington DC... they're obliterated.

Only one scientist seems on the ball. A particle physicist named Carolyn (Erica Cerra) has put two and two together and added it up to "Oh, sh--!" Carolyn's been eyeing a potential scientific breakthrough, this discovery courtesy of a high school girl's science project. This girl, Megan MacGregor (Luisa D'Oliveira), happens to be one of the three teens serving detention. Carolyn theorizes that the girl's invention attracts "destruction particles" (or x-bosons), which is unheard of as these particles can only be found on gas giants... like Jupiter dunh-dunh-DUNH!). Off Carolyn flies to the "dull end of nowhere," as her colleague dubs Heartfield, Midwest America. But what can a smalltown girl's school project do against the Great Red Spot, now relocated to Earth and about to trigger a nuclear genesis - that is, alter solid particles into gases? This is not good as much of the stuff on Earth is made out of solid particles. This may be the worst detention ever.

Luckily, we have several Syfy veterans on the job. If anything can avert doomsday, it's gotta be a crew composed of Eureka's Deputy Jo Lupo, The X-Files' Asst. Director Skinner, and, um, Rory's dad from The Gilmore Girls.

Once in a while a Syfy Channel Original Movie goes off the reservation and startles its audience by not sucking too much. Space Twister - a.k.a. Super Storm; a.k.a. Mega Cyclone; a.k.a. Big Wind (okay, that last one's fake) - was surprisingly watchable. Sure, it wanders eagerly into speculative science - the existence of x-bosons has yet to be truly proven - and the plot coasts down that familiar road. But the acting performances are decent and the visual effects may be the best I'd seen from a Syfy production in ages (or ever?). It has to be a nice change of pace for Erica Cerra who steps away from playing the brawn on Eureka to here taking on a more cerebral role. It's great to see Mitch Pileggi, as well. True to his sci-fi street creds, his character - Megan's ex-R & D rocket scientist - is tough as nails. In one scene he gets shocked and plummets off a lofty windmill but then gets up and shakes it off after a minute.

Plot holes? Yep, of course. I'm no science geek so I won't even broach the veracity of the messed-up meteorology posited here. ***And maybe a SPOILERS alert now for the rest of the paragraph*** I do question Mitch Pileggi's decision to keep on climbing up that windmill even after multiple tremors. I question the late (and very convenient) introduction of that experimental rocket sitting in the barn. And I guess we're left to assume that the dispersal of the local storm, in fact, reflects dispersal on a global scale. They sure didn't show that onscreen (yay, crap budget). Maybe the biggest neg for me is that Will's (Brett Dier) parents hadn't a clue that their son was a genius. This long-held obliviousness makes me think less of David Sutcliffe's and Leah Cairns' characters. Still, overall, Space Twister slides over to the watchable side by virtue of earnest acting, decent production values, and a general damping down of hokey elements. And if you're a fan of Smallville, you may get a small thrill when you recognize Gunter MacGregor's farm as the same location set as the old Kent farm.
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on February 27, 2014
Be ready to suspend your sense of reality and this can be an entertaining movie. The acting is reasonably good. The premise? It's okay. As a scientist, this required me to let go of analytical thinking and use of a lot of imagination. It was unexpected science fiction. A little goofy and off the wall, but it passed the time pleasantly enough.
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on November 26, 2014
Somewhere in America three teenagers and one who writing a story for the school newspaper are spending there Saturday on detention on the one day that the Earth is being hit by some crazy storm that is killing people. Of course, one of the students have an idea of what is happening and her dad just happens to be building a rocket that can be used to fix everything. The question become who will be killed by the lighting before they can save the Earth.
"Super Storm" is a decent disaster movie with a bunch of characters who you just know that are not going to make it the end alive. A one of the them is going to make supreme sacrifice to save everyone (I kind of knew by the middle who that was going to be.) But overall "Super Storm" was an okay movie but not a keeper.
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on September 20, 2013
Very entertaining for a low budget movie with a little more money they could've made it more interresting but it was nice.
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on July 19, 2015
I forgot about this SyFy Channel movie and was surprised to find this film on Amazon Prime Instant. The what if the storms that are on Saturn were to come to Earth and what would happen to life as we know it. The special effects were outstanding in how a Red Twister would come alive and destroy all living matter and buildings and so on came across with such uncanny believable realism. If I did not know better I would think the special effects creator had visit the giant Red planet in their spare time. Even though this is SyFy channel TV movie the story line and acting by all was quit well and not stiff and robot like in some movies with young or under train actor and actresses. You will not be bored and will find yourself on the edge of your seat with the roller coaster ride wild ride that five people will keep you on as they must all somehow survive the Red Twister full of self generating deadly lighting strikes that feeds on all matter while trying to recreate another Red Planet, another Saturn. They are Earths only hope for survival.
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on March 12, 2016
This is another low budget, crappy acting, no plot movie. There's a scene in there where the guy gets electrocuted by the lightning and disappears, there is no real vaporization or anything. He just... disappears!
We weren't pleased.
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on April 21, 2016
I love this type of SciFi movie, it's a lot more fun to watch than big budget films. The actors portray real life people and what real people may do. I can watch this movie over and over again, thank you!!!
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on October 12, 2015
A different type of movie. We thought this one was going to be just another doomsday event. Well acted and directed. Filming was super. Great story. A bit above the others on this subject. Well worth watching.
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