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An astrophysicist has made a cataclysmic discovery: The sun is set to explode, bringing about the end of civilization. As a team of fellow scientists race against time to stop his predictions of apocalypse from coming true, the world is already becoming a whirling inferno out of control.
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I saw it coming about halfway through the film when Luke Perry's character commented that his own equations were the basis of Peter Fonda's EOTW conclusion. My heart sank as the rest of the film was dedicated to the search for where he went wrong, turning out to be a plus sign where a minus sign should have been in his original calculations.
The sun stopped spitting fireballs at the Earth, no more cities or forests were laid waste, the bad guy was shot by the woman he'd terrorized, and the rains came and made everything better. Like, bummer!
I'm still searching for that EOTW via natural disaster movie that really *does* conclude with the end of the world. Does it exist out there somewhere? It must. I'll continue to look ... and no doubt encounter many more disappointments along the way.
This film was, bottom line, a let-down to the genre of natural disaster films. I could have done without it.
Supernova differs from this path. There is of course the scientist (Peter Fonda) who discovered that the sun is about to explode, which will burn the entire planet. But no-one questions his outcomings. Fonda flees to the Maldives while his colleague (Perry) desperately wants to find him. Soon afterwards a journalist who finds out about this Solar Apocalypse is faced with the question to publicize this story or not. Her boss insists not to publish the story, yet unfortunately her footage is leaked on the internet, and many who have seen this are running wild. The government is also in search of Fonda and send agent Carrere to work with Perry. In the meantime Henriksen is working on a plan to bring humanity in shelters.
Apart from this main plot there is a subplot. A convicted serial killer is after Perry's wife and child. This story is an interesting thriller, it does not add anything to the Supernova story. It was better to cut this from the movie.
Some other critical remarks: Fonda should have been given a much larger role than he has here. We only see him in the beginning and when he flies to the Maldives, which in fact are a flat archipelago and have no mountains, unlike shown here. The outcomings of the Supernova are very disappointing, I won't spoil anything here...but you'll see what I mean.
In short, Supernova is an above average disaster movie, because it dwells much less on the usual special effects. The viewer is asked questions on what he would do. Should society be warned that the end is near, while risking a people going crazy? How should you spend your last days on this planet, going nuts and doing everything God has forbidden or partying till you drop?
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