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When an energy experiment goes haywire, a rash of massive hurricanes rips across North America. A high school science teacher must get his family to safety before the hurricanes merge, creating a "hypercane" with the power to wipe the US off the map.
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Considering all the driving and the time spent in vehicles, you could easily classify this as a road picture. With incredibly bad weather. No matter where they go the storm follows, and inexplicably, so does a lot of sunshine.
Depending on your sense of humor, this crap-fest of a sci-fi disaster flick could be considered quite diverting. Or it could just land like a giant thud in your brain, a complete misfire. It is a bit overwrought in its presentation. Everyone `acts' with such a heightened sense of urgency, frantic to produce a display of forced dread, that none of the performances feel genuine. It doesn't help that Casper is constantly pausing to pose for the camera, hair wind blown, looking worried and distressed. I'd look worried too if I saw my career blowin' in the wind.
I am a huge fan of dumb low budget weather related Sci Fi flicks and this one is pretty dumb. Bad, bad acting, terrible, no wait...AWFUL script and a snot nosed teenaged kid who needs to be smacked upside the head for his snarky attitude towards his parents.
Early in the film, Van Dien, driving away from the storm after ballooning, contorts his face into what's supposed to be fearful looks, but shows up only as bad acting. I laughed. LOVE the rugged look he has though. The beard looks great and I'm not a fan of facial hair.
The thing that bugged me about this the most, was small odd scenes that were shot, and then all tossed around and edited together like a bunch of high school kids were working on a film project in their cinema class. You knew which scenes were staged so the actors would stand and stare at the CGI to be inserted later. Lol
The super storm threatens Van Dien and his on screen family, so they decide to head to higher ground in the family car (Approx 21 mins into the movie). Once there, the snarky son gets out of the car complaining and kicking up dirt, until the mom say's "John, be quiet".
Then, dad say's "I hear it too". Then, they all scramble, per verbal instruction, to get into the car "slowly" then "faster" without the film EVER explaining WHAT the stupid scary sound was. lol.... Bigfoot perhaps? Mountain Lions? Zombies? Vampires? Wait, it's daylight so no it couldn't be vamps...(Eh, unless it's a glittery Cullen}.
The entire scene is about 20 seconds long and makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. You're left scratchin' your head at that one.
The rest of the movie is filled with more cheap CGI and bad acting. That's about it.
This movie was BAD!! The script was bad and the acting was worse. I read another person review which said they couldn't even remember the names of the characters half way through the movie,, and I realized I couldn't remember most of them either.
Michael Beach was good and those around him weren't too bad. The wife and the son though, the movie would have been better off if they'd fallen out of the balloon in the beginning. Casper Van Dien was tolerable as long as he wasn't around his family; however, put the three of them together and it was as if bad acting tripled exponentially.
Life is too precious to waste ninety minutes.