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There are few phrases that inspire so much fear in people. "Direct-to-DVD" is one of them. "SyFy Presents" is another. Sadly, both of those monikers can apply to SUPER ERUPTION, and that's a shame because, as a flick, it works just fine. No, not all of it makes perfect sense. No, not all of it is original - many of the story's central tenets are borrowed wholesale from other films that have served them greater justice. But there's something to be said for a telefilm that knows what it is - a telefilm - just doing the best it can to set up, execute, and deliver a story for Saturday night folks with their butts parked firmly on the couch.
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and character. If you're the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)
A "super volcano" lying in wait beneath Yellowstone National Park erupts, bringing about an end to life as we know it! (And that's only the first ten minutes!) Then, the audience is given the assurance of "two days earlier" and the rest of our story can be told: Park Ranger Charlie Young (played by the always reliable Richard Burgi, whom I've enjoyed all the way back to his days on UPN's THE SENTINEL) and Volcanologist Kate (the lovely Juliet Aubrey) are trying to piece together the puzzle of some unusual events taking place on Earth when Kate receives a Skyped message from the future version of herself (no kidding), warning her of the coming cataclysm.Read more ›
Perhaps one of the most disturbing elements, for me, was the fact that the film was obviously NOT shot in Yellowstone Park - or even America. As is the case with much SyFy Channel product the end credits revealed that the production took place in Eastern Europe and the landscape just didn't look 'right'. I have had the pleasure of visiting Yellowstone and know what it looks like - this factor alone made it hard to get into the feel of the film. The acting was all reasonably well done, but the story line was so 'by the numbers', that it didn't manage to build any kind of suspense or intrigue and, ultimately, relied on some rather improbable plot twists and ridiculously un-realisitic actions that totally destroyed any credibility in the plot. The CGI effects were pretty decent throughout but they felt sorta 'wasted' due to the sloppiness of the screenplay.
A vastly superior take on the same Yellowstone eruption premise was realized in the Knowledge Network generated docu-drama "Super Volcano" which is available on DVD (albeit somewhat scarce), and the Yellowstone sequence in the film "2012" also gives much better 'bang for the buck'. Still - "Super Eruption" wasn't the worst thing I've seen come out of the SyFy pipeline and it could be recommended for some light weight diversion by fans of the genre.
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I didn't realize this dvd wouldn't play on American player. It is useless to me. My fault. I didn't read close enough.Published 1 month ago by Pauline Brown
Started off really good until the unrealistic 'back to the past' deja vu scene.Published 2 months ago by Sandra McCollum