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NYC Tornado Terror

4.3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Accelerated global warming has caused the Earth s upper and lower atmospheres to separate and the resulting friction generates powerful tornadoes and deadly electrical storms. Similar to the red spot on Jupiter, a giant jet-stream vortex has centered over Manhattan. Several swarming tornadoes manifest from the vortex and descend on the city. The twisters cut a path of destruction so devastating and unpredictable it sends New York into frenzy. Now, in a race against Mother Nature, Deputy Mayor James Lawrence and his meteorologist wife, Cassie, must overcome their own marital disaster, and discover a way to calm the meteorological fury. With no end to the storm cycle in sight, Jim and Cassie will go above and beyond the call of duty in order to save the Big Apple. But they better act fast, because 24 more hours of this super storm, and the greatest city in the world will be history!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nicole De Boer, Sebastian Spence, Jerry Wasserman
  • Directors: Tibor Takacs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: MONARCH HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BJODHI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,905 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 22, 2011
NYC: Tornado Terror (2008) is a Sci Fi Channel movie that adopts a serious tone, but unfortunately isn't very credible. It is based on a goofy premise, it is poorly written and riddled with bad dialog and annoying characters. Science is definitely not the film's strong point.

The number of know-it-all scientists who go "cowboy" in order to save the world, are at epidemic levels in Sy Fy's movies. The premise here is that global warming has somehow created "two atmospheres" above New York City, a condition that is conducive to the sudden formation of tornadoes. The phenomena takes down a small plane, breaks off the upraised arm of the Statute of Liberty, and sucks various people into the air.

Why this has occurred just in New York City is unknown, and Mayor John Leonardo (Jerry Wasserman) turns to climatologist Cassie Lawrence (Nicole deBoer) for some answers. Dr. Lawrence, working with her husband Jim (Sebastian Spence) the deputy mayor, eventually seeks out Dr. Lars Liggenhorn (Winston Rekert), a scientist with some radical leanings. Dr. Lawrence's plan is to "seed" the clouds with chemicals, and Liggenhorn just happens to have an armed mobile rocket launcher ready to go.

As conditions worsen the skies turns dark, and a new threat arises in the form of lightning. Cassie and Jim are looking for answers her at office, located on an upper floor of a skyscraper. After taking a number of lightning hits, some metal parts in the building become "electrified", and ball lightning floats through the halls, seeking a place to discharge. Laying down rubber mats in the stairwell, Deputy Mayor Lawrence leads a group trapped inside the building to safety. Upon discovering that his wife is still inside, Jim grabs an oxygen tank, and heads back into the building.
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This was far far better than I was expecting. In fact, after Twister, this is the best tornado film I've seen (and I've seen 'em all). Good characters, great action--not afraid to show disaster.
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I just finished watching my DVD of this movie and had to write a review. The story is awful, the acting was average and the effects were well below what you would expect in 2010.

The scene with the girl injured under the statue of liberty arm with the blood that looked like red lipstick said it all about how much care was put into this film.

It was awful, very disappointing. 2 stars for trying.
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Mini-twisters pop up around New York City, as a prelude to massive electrical tornadoes. Sounds good, but don't be fooled by the cover. This cheapo, annoying TV movie could have been better.

So many things wrong with this inept film...

* FLAT ACTING. Nicole DeBoer was quite good in THE CUBE, so it's surprising to see her give such a flat, one dimensional performance here. Her character loves her husband (yet no chemistry in the actors' kisses), she struggles with the possible death of her niece -- lot's of stuff going on here. Yet DeBoer always performs flatly.

ALL the actors are flat, lifeless, one-dimensional. From the hero firefighter, to the evil NASA boss, to everyone

* I'm gonna blame the lousy SCRIPT and DIRECTING. Despite the characters' struggles, they're written as black-and-white stereotypes.

I don't know what political axes this writer has to grind, but every character is either incredibly wise, brave, and noble -- or craven and weaselly.

DeBoer plays a brilliant weather scientist who works for the City of New York. (Apparently, they have a weather department.) She's smarter than NASA. NASA is portrayed as uniquely evil. The NASA representative is an evil idiot. DeBoer has a plan to stop the tornadoes with dry ice, whereas NASA wants to seed them with silver iodide.

DeBoer dismisses NASA as "They're not scientists! They're a bunch of bureaucrats!"

When the NASA guy overrules the mayor (who listens to DeBoer) the mayor accuses NASA of being "the military" and of them wanting to "maintain the illusion of civilian control." NASA wants to call the shots, while pretending the mayor is still in charge.

Poor screenwriters often try to create "drama" by having the characters argue.
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I saw this Canadian production on, oddly enough, the Canadian "ShowCase" TV network during a recent trip. While the film decently conveys a sense of terror and has passable special effects, the junk science and complete lack of continuity in several scenes (and the implied disdain for the audience's intellect) made it so cheesy that it's impossible to enjoy. A few cogent examples:

-A huge, black, electrically-charged cloud covers the entire landscape. Cut away to the Statue of Liberty where, oddly enough, the sky is blue and the sun is shining. As if it were hundreds of miles away ... I guess Canadians have no idea about the geography of New York City.

-Landline and cell phones are out. The power grid is faltering. But the Deputy Mayor takes to the airwaves and - you got it - TV monitors show a crystal clear broadcast. I guess broadcast TV uses an alternate set of laws of physics that aren't affected by all of this.

-The meteorologists are sitting up in their top-floor electrically-insulated office, intellectually observing the effects of excessive electricity in the air of the surrounding neighborhood. A nearby building that they are looking at through the window becomes enveloped in a charged cloud, and they proceed to notify the landlord to evacuate. Somehow the direction here gets confused, as it is the meteorology building that is being evacuated, not the one across the street. Huh?

-Did you know that there is an enormous network of electrically illuminated tunnels beneath Liberty Island? Chalk up another one for the geography lesson.

-Two protagonists are trapped in those same tunnels after crawling down to escape the tornadoes, only to have the arm of Lady Liberty, sheared off from the statue, land down on the only escape hatch. Their cell phones no longer work, as the physical forces at work here have auto-magically discharged them. But those lights in the tunnels just keep on shining ...
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