500 MPH Storm

 (353)2.21 h 26 min201313+
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.
Daniel Lusko
Casper Van DienMichael BeachSarah Lieving
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David RimawiPaul BalesDavid Michael Latt
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3.2 out of 5 stars

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scm1893Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Run! The [choose one] Storm/Tidal Wave/Fire is Coming!
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500 MPH Storm - 1 Star - Nah

Let me tell you, right off, there's no 500 MPH storm. I watched to see the SFX of a 500 mph storm. There weren't any. There was an aerial view of a massive "swirlie" that constituted the "hypercane". There's lots of footage of ordinary F5 inland hurricanes. Boring, paltry 100+ mph winds. Nascar does better than that. Some balloonists get spun around. Whoo.
I don't want to see a bunch of buildings fall into ruin with bodies strewn everywhere. I want to see the land wiped clean of man's existence. Blow it all back to Canada, where it came from. Now. that's biblical!

For the most part, the movie consists of the main characters being chased by hurricane SFX. They outrun the hurricane in a car. Then they out run it on foot. Then they outrun it in a car. Then they outrun it on foot. And so it goes. The hurricane is obviously messin' with them. It only moves fast enough to panic them along; whether they're running or driving. It'll stop chasing them just long enough for some crap drama and then it's back to the race. To break the monotony of being chased by water; they get chased by fire. Oh, not to worry, hero can also fly helicopters; can't everyone? I swear the script reads like a Reader's Digest submission.

How did the great catastrophe occur, you ask? NASA built a powerful energy beam that was gonna save 'Merica. Well, they fired it up and it punched a big hole in our atmosphere, causing storms of biblical proportions. Well, dang it, anyway. Who'd a thunk a nuclear powered energy beam could damage the atmosphere? Live and learn.

Now, the guy who created this technology isn't a part of the initial test. He's ballooning with his family. This makes sense. He and his family must be loners. They know no one else at the balloon festival. And when he realizes a storm is building, he doesn't warn any of the other balloonists in the area. Which is good for us as we get to watch balloons go round and round. Some of 'em pop like regular balloons; which I don't understand. I would think the hurricane would cool the airbag. Then basket and all would tumble as it spun through the air. But these balloonists are Xtreme. They ride the currents like champion surfers, until they pop, reminiscent of Carousel in Logan's Run. It looks like one big massive Tilt-a-Whirl at a carnival.

And so it drags on. They got it fixed. It isn't fixed. They got it fixed. It isn't fixed. They got it fixed. Whew, finally. Well, that was fun; only trillions of dollars in damages. Thousands of people were killed. But, hero and family bonded and that's all that's required for a happy ending.

Oh, and their fix only stopped the current storms. It didn't repair the hole in the atmosphere. Que sera.
25 people found this helpful
TalkdtwoReviewed in the United States on July 14, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Skip It Completely, It's That Bad
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I love disaster movies. Even grade B. This is a D. The script is ridiculous. The special effects are done by a High School student and the plausibility of every encounter is so beyond imagination (like a tornado chases their car for miles. Seriously?) It is the first movie in my history of watching disaster movies that I'd say to skip completely.
23 people found this helpful
Avid reader in PAReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Bad, bad, and awful
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So, so bad. I love disaster movies, even cheesy ones, but this was just awful. Terrible acting, terrible story, such unrealistic scenes...it was not worth watching. They would show the family running from behind and there was no fire ahead of them then cut to shot from in front of them and there was fire everywhere in front of them. The wife and son were portrayed as helpless idiots with the son being obnoxious to boot. I ended up hoping he would get sucked up by the storm. Better yet, this movie should get sucked up by a storm and disappear so no one else wastes time watching it.
17 people found this helpful
s.meeksReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wow... Ummm... Yeah no
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I typically LOVE cheesey disaster movies but this was just awful.
No backstory, just rush right in with the end of the world. It says Nathan (van dien) is a science teacher, there is nothing teacher-y going on there.

Plot: completely unrealistic, typically with disaster movies there is some part of realism.
Character dynamic: there is no draw to even care about any of the characters in the movie, zero emotional connection.
I'm so confused by the family dynamic, the son looks to be like 17yo but the parents talk to him like he is 6. They make it seem that there is some trouble in the parents relationship but they barely touch on it. There is no compatibility between the family members at all. Then the military personnel know exactly who the "teacher" is and that he can save the day.

The whole thing was just a confusing mess .

Don't get me started on the visual effects, just completely sad. Like someone asked a high school student with a week of Photoshop experience to do the vfx.

Acting: ⭐
AMAZON Plot description: ⭐⭐⭐
Actual plot: ⭐
VFX: ⭐
Characters: ⭐
Emotional connection: ⭐
Overall: ⭐
7 people found this helpful
Violin LoverReviewed in the United States on September 16, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Whoever was responsible for orchestrating this flop needs to have their writer/producer(s) licenses revoked. This movie truly deserved 1/2 star but since that rate wasn't available, I had to give it a "1". Such poor acting by the son made me want to cover my face with a pillow. The son was the quintessential pain in the rear or either just plain stupid. The mother figure wasn't much better, at least she knew that since the electricity was gone the internet access went with it. Emergency supplies, 5 packages of granola that were already by the mother's purse. Give me a break. I'm so glad that this view was available through Prime otherwise I would have walked out in the first 5 minutes and demanded a refund.
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VolauventReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
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The only reason I'm giving this 2 stars instead a -1 star (which Amazon should make available, all the way down to a -3 stars) is because Casper Van Dien, bless his heart, behaves like any normal guy would given the situation.

He panics when anyone with half a brain would. His family drives him nuts when he's doing his damnedest to save them from both the storm and the incredibly bad weather shots inserted during editing and fx additions. Ugh. He doesn't understand what one earth his colleague is talking about, the one who promised to take good care of Casper's project and instead totally screwed it up, and does an excellent job of being frustrated, overwhelmed, bewildered, and altogether acting like an everyday guy in an abnormal and deadly situation. No stiff upper lip , no Schwarzenegger/Charleton Heston for-the-screen-only heroics, which I think is pretty cool. I'll bet that ten to one, in spite of his extensive B-movie experience, he had no idea the movie was going to be this bad. Either that, or he really, really, really needed the money.

I'm doing my best to avoid wishing the kid would be written out of the script in a less than violent manner, and wanting to tell Mom to either behave like a solid wife and mother or a total ditz (choose one and stick to it) or get out of the car. Preferably when one of the disasters is chasing them.

As for Michael Beach - he is one of my fave character actors and I am always pleased to see him on the screen, whether movie or TV.

Now, who directed this film? Oh, a dude by the name of Daniel Lusko. Sorry, that's where the buck stops. Oh, and let's not forget the producer, one Michael David Latt, who only managed to pull together $300,000 to make the film. Wow, talk about no wiggle room. Soooo, no money for fx or much of anything other than the craft table.

Still, we've all seen what can be done with little to no money provided the director and producer take the long view; for instance, Blair Witch Project only had $600,000 to work with, and they not only produced something unique and captivating, it did incredibly well at the box office and introduced the "live video" movie genre.

In 500 MPH, there appears to have been no forethought whatsoever about how the travel scenes would come across, which in no way match the impending doom of the plot, nor about how audiences would perceive the whole thing. Frankly, there are other low-budge disaster and horror films put together by neophytes that are way better than this turkey.

Well, Misters Latt and Lusko, I will know to run the other way if I ever see your names associated with a movie. Thanks for the calling card that let me know what to watch out for.
FarthionReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
All the Asylum Tropes, Little Of The Fun.
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It's from Sy-Fy's Asylum Films. It has all the usual tropes - car-chasing monster twisters, rampaging flood waters that can be outrun (except by the red shirt equivalents, of course), impossible physics, gaffes that go from stormy and dark, to bright, clear and sunny, then all of a sudden something else so fast it gives you mental whiplash, edit issues with the cables and stunts, actors playing characters who have all the common sense of a brick. It also has the mandatory reckless driving through completely different kinds of areas, and, of course, the racing through an abandoned manufacturing plant screaming about needing to find the "center" of the storm.

On foot...

Wind, no wind, wind, no wind, wind, no wind, apocalyptic storms, no wind, and what's up with the fire thing? The usual driving drumbeat music because without that, the urge to laugh hysterically and root for the storm to win and wipe out everyone involved is just too overwhelming.

So, basic Asylum movie. Personally, I'd rate it below some of their offerings, since many of the errors were glaring without the right kind of overacting to make it look like everyone is having fun playing hysterical make-believe. it's sort of like no one was invested in making it fun. I got the feeling they wanted it to all end almost as much as I did.

It's fine if you're a bit drunk and don't care and just want to watch people running around escaping natural disasters and sentient tornadoes and need a basic dish of Asulym Films served lukewarm. But it's not nearly as much fun as, say, Sharknado.
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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on April 22, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
It's called a hypercane
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Another entry into Alysum’s contest as whether one can make a worse movie than the last. The movie started out with great shots of the balloon festival, and quickly went downhill. Although they showed some really neat clouds. The dialogue was juvenile, and the acting often over the top. Most of the dialogue consisted of asking questions that no one could have the answer to. Some things I hadn’t seen before, and didn’t think could happen, such as a cell phone tower exploding into a huge ball of fire. And an apparent tidal wave in New Mexico. It centers on a family: the scientist, his wife, and their very super annoying teenage son. To escape the storm, they flee in the family SUV (which changes license plates) which was bad, since the SUV seemed to be a tornado magnet. No matter how they swerved, it followed them closely. Also, the helicopter the scientist gets on changes color and type during the flight. The cover art of the DVD was not in the movie. In fact, considering the title, little actual destruction. I guess it is not nice to fool with mother nature, as the scientists were trying to set up an energy source that was planet friendly. Even for a sci-fi movie, the plot is preposterous. While I would have put the son out into to the tornado at the start, he was needed at the end. Two stars because there are movies out there that truly are worse.
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