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It begins with massive earthquakes. The Black Sea disappearing into the earth. Vast chasms spreading into populated areas. And the worst is still to come! Jewel Staite (''Stargate: Atlantis,'' ''Firefly'') and A.J. Buckley (''CSI: NY,'' ''Supernatural'') star in this paranormal thriller about the hunt for a modern-day Nostradamus who has predicted a celestial phenomenon that can annihilate nations and kill millions. Will the alignment of our solar system with the galactic equator lead to a globally cataclysmic disaster, or just a whole lot of creepy visions, shocking chaos and awesome destruction? Alan Dale (''Once Upon a Time,'' ''Lost'') co-stars in this Syfy Original explosion of devastation from the Executive Producers of STONEHENGE APOCALYPSE, ICE QUAKE, METAL SHIFTERS and MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM.
Bonus Feature: Doomsday Prophecy: The Stories Are True
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 3.07 Ounces
- Audio Description: : English
- Item model number : 25327465
- Director : Jason Bourque
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
- Release date : July 17, 2012
- Actors : Jewel Staite, A.J. Buckley, Alan Dale
- Studio : Anchor Bay Entertainment
- ASIN : B007VYEBZS
- Number of discs : 1
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#129,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #3,583 in Science Fiction DVDs
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The end of the movie was laughable because of the total lack of science. Overall I was entertained but glad I rented it rather than buying it.
Beyond goofy, there's also a pack of bad guys willing to kill for the book that doesn't exist and baring that, a magic rod that induces visions (or drug-free hallucinations if you're of a suspicious nature who thinks all this gobbledygook is a crock). Apparently, this addlepated author is the new Nostradamus and overuses the magic rod to cough up scary visions of a future no one will enjoy. Naturally, in movies of this type, all government agents are trigger happy madmen who want to shoot first, seize the magic rod, then run like crazy before the earth opens up and swallows them whole..........if a Volcano doesn't get them first, or an earthquake doesn't topple a building on them. Take a deep breath, there's also a dark star heading our way, gobbling up the universe. Do not despair, half of British Columbia disappears quickly and no one notices. One of the characters suggests this might all be preposterous. Fortunately, the same people who decorated Easter Island also did the same in the Pacific Northwest but then they buried it. Decorator's remorse?
The filmmakers called this a "supernatural sci-fi thriller." They could call it a cosmic can of worms for all that mattered; it's still a daffy premise. But oddly enough, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am a sucker for crap, especially crap sanctioned by the Syfy Channel. Great minds were not at work here but great fun is.
Special effects are mostly a bit hokie and largely "fractal" earthquakes that erily seem to "chase" our heroes in their vehicle while running the length (practically) of half of North America.
The always-likeable Jewel Staite largely reprises a variant on the theme of her wonderful character from "Firefly", and few actresses project "genuine empathy and well-intentioned pluck" better that she did as Kayle (sp?) in "Firefly". The balance of the cast puts in a performance that at best is "workmanlike", which may reflect direction or writing as much as their talents. Yet Jewel somehow comes of as a person you'd love to have on your team if it was the "end of the world".
If you love "geeky science fiction" that you can enjoy with a few beers and a few friends, this will not challenge your intellect, but is fine light entertainment. Parts of it do call for the MSFT3000 treatment. It would have been good Saturday Matinee entertainment when I was a kid. Do NOT under any circumstances try to "think" through this movie.