Wednesday, August 28, 2013

500 MPH Storm (2013)

Number Rolled: 59
Movie Name/Year: 500 MPH Storm (2013)
Genre: Action and Adventure
Length: 86 minutes
Rating: NR
Director: Daniel Lusko
Writer: Hank Woon Jr.
Actors: Casper Van Dien, Michael Beach, Sarah Lieving, Bryan Head, Keith Meriweather, Chad Brummett, James Lawrence Sicard

Dr. Sims is out on a hot-air balloon trip with his wife and son, completely oblivious that the scientists at his job are taking a step in the future. The experiment goes bad when it tears a hole in the ozone layer, causing the weather to spin out of control. Dr. Sims begins his mission to survive the end of the world, while his co-workers attempt to fix their blunder.

In some cases a smaller budget can mean that the director just has to be more creative to get the result he wants. In this case, the director wanted something he couldn’t obtain with his budget and attempted it anyway. This caused the movie to look like a mix of found material and CGI that was created by beginners. There were maybe two scenes that looked mildly realistic. I consider this a huge accomplishment considering even the rain seemed like it was created in Microsoft Paint.

I can’t say I’m disappointed though, because I expected what I got; a script that seemed like it took random lines out of other disaster films, characters with as much depth as my bathtub and a crap storyline. I can’t comment on the actors, because who knows what they would have done with a good script?

When it comes to B movies, I tend to enjoy them when they don’t pretend to be something they’re not. “500 MPH Storm” attempted to trick the audience into believing it was an A film, but didn’t have the substance to succeed.

Overall Opinion – 1/5

The Random Rating: PG-13 (for moderately long horror moments/action sequences)

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