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Canadian director Andrew C. Erin doesn't have many movies under his belt, but he's definitely talented. I had seen his directing work before in Tornado Valley, only he's working with a better cast in this film. Anne Heche gives a solid performance as Dr. Tess Martin, a virologist struggling to discover the truth behind a deadly illness. Daniel Bacon also shines as Dr. Raj Patel, her friend and fellow physician.
So why give a film with a solid cast and great directing only three stars? The story is lacking. Toxic Skies cobbles a few elements from the movie "Outbreak", particularly why it becomes personally important for Tess to quickly discover a cure. On one hand, I give Andrew Erin credit for choosing such an original danger (chemtrails), but the movie isn't as suspenseful as it could have been. The film touches on an important motivation of Tess' physician work, yet never returns to it. There just seemed like great potential for backstories, or learning more about the two main doctors in general.
Toxic Skies is definitely worth watching once, before you decide whether or not to buy the DVD. With the cast and cinematography, I think it had the potential of a five-star film, if only the writing had been better. It's still an under the radar movie that's worth checking out.
The special effects(SFX) are never going to be as good as major budget movies like "Men In Black 1;2;3" --- where the cred-
ability/probability of two unicycles being able to actually fit UNDER a regular-looking old car is even remotely possible.
I say check your disbelief at the door. Pop yer popcorn. Turn the 5.1 UP! and just melt into yer chair and enjoy.
like very RARELY get any Academy Award Nominations -- much less, OSCARS!
One word: "ENJOY!"
It's stunning irony that the very industry that proudly decries The Blacklist, used against creators like Dalton Trumbo and Lionel Stander, willingly continues to do so on the sly against current artists they deem "inappropriate". Will they feel shame 40 years down the road? I think so.
My hope is that there will be another Tarantino, a renegade filmmaker who will scoop from the so-called bottom and uplift solid talents, bringing them back into the light. Not so much rescuing careers, as acknowledging and revealing the new Hollywood shame and hypocrisy.
'Skies' is essentially a SciFi Saturday filler. The day they set aside for their Disaster & Creature Weekends, fairly innocuous direct-to-video cheapies that offer the gamut of disasters, aliens and monsters. Sometimes, like this flick, a government conspiracy.
Tells the story of medical researchers and doctors who are battling a new plague - but whose origins seem to be less biologically based and more chemical; less a natural mutation of a known disease and one more likely linked to an artificial source.Read more ›
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For a TV Disaster movie I really enjoyed. Be aware of big companies and their dealings with the government. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
this is good and shows anne heche in a different character role --- acting and story are good.Published 14 months ago by Seadreamer
I am always interested in movie about what could happen through chemicals and other environment hazards. This was a pretty good movie! I would recommend it.Published 20 months ago by Tracy Moore
It was a great movie , interesting mystery of the possibility of the airplane trails in the sky.
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This was a very good movie, and seems like what happened, could be a real possiblilty! The stars did a very good job of keeping you on the edge of your seat! Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Helen Scoggin
The way it started off was confusing. I like Anne Heche but this was a waste of her talent. The bad guys and the good guys seem to switch roles. Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I got this DVD movie very quick in the U.S. mail. It is a very good drama, better than I thought it would be.Published on February 18, 2013 by Jack Webb