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Further complicating matters are a deranged sniper and a crazed religious fundamentalist who captures Ryan's own daughter.
The low budget means that special effects are recycled from other movies -Dante's Peak in particular .The acting is pretty dire with John Rhys-Davies giving the only thing approximating toa competent performance ,and the casting of Rutger Hauer as the US President seems especially bizarre .
Its a no-brainer and recommended only to the uncritical .
The acting is consistantly horrible, not because of the quality of the actors, but the script is like wading shoulder deep through molasses.
The storyline is bad on so many levels that a thesis could be written on it. Rutger Hauer as the president??? What were they thinking? And please, at least give him a jacket that fit. Their command center is an abandoned soundstage?? Where were all the extras to help fill out the movie? You see the same people over and over. Also could you develop at least one character? Ah never mind!
Scorcher should be made a requisite at all film schools as a good example of a bad example so others can learn what a good example is.
on TV. Action, over the top story, and disaster galore.
Perfect popcorn movie if you're in the right mood.
When China conducts an unsanctioned series of underground nuclear tests - "Bad China!" - it inflicts deep fissures in the Pacific tectonic plate and shifts it out of sync with the other 15 tectonic plates on our planet, thus throwing off the rotation of the Earth's axis. The top two scientists in the field can only conclude that humanity was on the "verge of a catastrophic global event." To stave off Earth's incinerating itself, a plan is set into motion requiring the detonation of a 50 megaton thermonuclear device in order to stabilize the Pacific plate, one of the scientists - the cute one - dumbs it down for the non-nerds, calling it a, er, "global chiropractic adjustment."
Three days to get this done before the big fvkc-all. The President of the United States (Rutger Hauer) calls for the best of the best to lead the mission. That's Army Intelligence officer, Colonel Ryan Beckett (Marc Dacascos), a guy with boundary issues (he once hit on the First Lady). He right away doesn't get along with hot and brilliant scientist, Julie McGrath (Tamara Davies). Dispatched to the Cheju Island in the East China Sea to rescue Dr. McGrath from the active volcano, he gets called "jerko" by her. SCORCHER isn't a big budget picture and they make up for that by setting up character conflict all over the place. The disdain Dr. McGrath feels for Beckett doesn't compare to the wrath she unleashes on her estranged scientist dad (John Rhys-Davies).Read more ›
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Love this movie
Especially the dry humor at the beginning
Things blowing up everywhere
" did you forget eyebrow pencil? Boyfriend? Lol great disaster movie!
As if we needed yet another way in which nuclear weapons could destroy life on Earth, along comes Scorcher. Read morePublished on June 19, 2014 by Daniel Jolley
Were this a feature film with name stars and great ambitions, there would be plenty of faults to point out. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by drkhimxz
If you like fast, fun, silly action disaster movies,
look no further. This one DELIVERS! As a Mark Dacascos
fan, I'm biased of course!!! Read more
Sure, this zero budget Armaggeddon wannabe isn't breaking the slightest bit of new ground, but they sure do make every buck count. Funny part is, it actually WORKS! Read morePublished on May 30, 2005 by flikmaster
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