Solar Destruction

3.21 h 27 min2008PG-13
A young math genius discovers a huge solar storm on the verge of destroying the Earth's power grid and he must alert the world before a powerful businessman stops him.
Fred Olen Ray
Tracey GoldMichelle Clunie
English [CC]
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2.8 out of 5 stars

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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
"We've been through worse"
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“Technically no, but we will get through this.” And one will get through this movie, which is simple entertainment. Riley is a teen genius, who comes up with a way to predict solar storms, and the evil corporate person who wants to grab it for themselves, to make money from it. Almost a family movie, as it shows the mother and son understanding each other better.
One doesn’t want to look too deeply though, so just sit back and be entertained, and for a probably low budget movie, this does all right. The performances are passable, even if at times the dialogue seems forced. The opening scene on the train is improbable, as a Senator is not likely to be entertaining high donors on a train under any circumstances. And the crash, which killed everyone, didn’t match with the destruction shown to the locomotive.
At the Vissar-Clark lab, while it was made to look scientific, why do they always think that having colored liquids in various vessels makes it science? I simply find that annoying. And for a secure facility, later in the movie, doors all seemed to be open.
When I saw the corporate chauffeur, I could not stop thinking of Odd Job (from Goldfinger).
So if the weather is poor outside, there are certainly worse movies to watch. And on Prime, the price is right.
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All American ReviewsReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Gag Me With A Spoon!
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One of the sappiest, corniest movies I have ever made myself sit through. From the title, I thought that this was going to be one of those cheesy SyFy made-for-tv movies. Those films are usually pretty awful, but this was something quite unexpected. It turns out to be one of those "family films" with a bunch of nice, wholesome characters and a bunch of G-Rated violence. Barf!!!

The plot is stupid, but I pretty much figured that going in. The script and dialogue are absolutely cringe-worthy in their corniness though. I can't understand how any of these actors got through their lines with a straight face. It certainly isn't because of their acting abilities. Tracey Gold is the only actor in the film whose name I recognize and she gives an incredibly lackluster performance. Most of the rest of the cast seem like they have never acted before.

The whole film is painfully slow and has no real action or suspense. It's just 90 minutes of idiots running around in circles, trying to "save the world". If you miss only one movie tonight, let it be this one.
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John GarganiReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
You just can't make stuff like this up!!!!!!!
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Fred Olen Ray has out-"Cormaned" the master of cheap art, Roger Corman, with this production, probably his lowest cost movie ever made and that is saying something if you look at the catalogue of Ray movies....

Whereas this movie should get zero stars, I gave it two, simply because I just had to view it as a comedy ( unintentional), halfway through and then just kept watching and laughing out loud at the outrageously bad acting, script, phony fight scenes......and the most bizarre of all was a puffy faced Cliff De Young in a performance that virtually wipes out everything he has accomplished in his long career.....

The child prodigy in this movie that is at the center of attention due to his prediction of the solar flares, is embarrassingly played by a laughable young man with a ridiculous hairdo, and when he throws a baseball trying to "play catch" with his gym teacher, I would love to say he throws it like a girl, but the truth is, nowadays, there are so many girls playing baseball excellently, that I won't even begin to insult them with that time worn generalization.

the most saving grace of the movie is with the Super Mom, played by Michelle Clunie, a slinky hottie that at least makes the movie visually appealing in one regard.

Seriously: you will sit watching this with your jaw dropping to the floor in sheer amazement as it gets dumb and dumber as the plot goes on......and the scary thing is, you will probably stick it out to the end, because you don't want to miss out on any of the outright silliness, thinking: Can they top this? Trust me, they do, right to the final scene!
SenseiReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
80' style entertinment
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I enjoyed the movie for its simplicity and straight forward plot.

Just know that a Solar Storm of this magnitude would have far reaching implications regardless of everything being shut down. We would be in the dark and without running water for at least months and possibly a year or more. Our energy grid was built over decades. It would be a mess. Nobody would be eating cookies the next day and smiling.

Prescriptions would be lost. Bank Accounts will suffer the same fate and communications would be down. You're looking at a quick thinning of the herd in a couple of weeks.

Fun to watch though. This would go in the Super Mom genre.
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DanayaReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Ruined by Growing Pains
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This movie could have been a 5-star movie with the exception of Tracy Gold who is horrible. She was a better actress in her younger years. Her facial expressions are often lost as if she looking for the camera or she has had too much botox. Her lines feel forced or forgotten.
The plot is decent, the main characters of mom and son are exceptionally good. Although, some of the attempted humor falls short of goofy.
"They are a cross between al-Qaeda and the Partridge Family"
I did notice Ms. Gold trying to hide her bulging tummy with props and clothes... was she pregnant during the filming?
John R.Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Brainless entertainment
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That about sums it up, simple brainless no thought needed entertainment. Plot line, typical SciFi disaster with the greedy corporate figure villain. No thoughts need to follow this action packed movie. Acting was OK, characters believable, worth a watch when you simply what entertainment.
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Carmen IrisReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not too bad
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Asides from the elephant in the room (not even remotely believable) I did like this movie. Not enough for more stars but enough stars for entertainment. In other words, I have seen worse. Not a very big budget, OBVIOUSLY. You are waiting for a huge flare to hit, and destroy half the planet. Logical place to wait it out: a storage room full off stuff on shelves waiting to fall and kill you. LOL Don't forget to leave reality at the door.
Roderick C. HenryReviewed in the United States on October 5, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
If you know anything about Solar science and good movies...
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...avoid this one.

The solar flares and science are laughable, worse than the usual rubbish found in nature disaster films. I'm willing to suspend my disbelief to a degree, but this one jumped the shark over a solar flare.

The plot with the business angle has been done to death.

The actors were decent but the script and director doomed their efforts.
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