ABC Film Challenge – Action – S – Stormageddon (2015)

Director: Nick Lyon

Writer: Neil Elman (Screenplay)

Starring: John Hennigan, Eve Mauro, Joseph Gatt, Robert Blanche, Ricco Ross, David Shatraw, Adrian Paul

 

Plot: When a computer program, Echelon, takes over America’s computer systems it gains the potential to manipulate the weather. Now two robots, Adam and Cain, fight to gain control of Echelon before its too late.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fun Sci-Fi Actioner

 

Story: Stormageddon starts as America gets attacked by their own drones make it an international problem, journalist Molly (Mauro) receives a tape from her deceased father telling her to look for a man by the name of Adam (Hennigan) after Able (Gatt) takes control of the system putting millions of lives at risk.

Adam must work with Molly to uncover her father’s work which holds the answers to prevent the destruction of the world, but it isn’t only the government trying to kill them, Able wants to stop them too.

 

Thoughts on Stormageddon

 

Characters – Adam is one of the creations, designed to look human, living a normal life, now he is the only one that can stop the computers that are planning to destroy humanity. He is part terminator and part action star. Molly is a reporter that finds herself in the middle of her father’s work that is trying to destroy humanity. She doesn’t get the much and quickly turns into the damsel in distress sidekick. Able is the creation that has become infected by the computer system, he is now causing the problems the world is facing and will kill anyone who gets in his way.

PerformancesJohn Hennigan is doing well in this action films, he can handle the action sequences well and the one liners, well he is getting there. Eve Mauro is good enough as the leading lady but doesn’t get the time you would like when it comes to being helpful. Joseph Gatt has the look of a villain and keeps the emotionless look from the start to the end of the film.

StoryThe story is simple enough to follow, it is a race against time to stop the destruction of mankind that has been using technology to stay make this happen. This is a by the book story that works without complicating anything like many other films could and is one you can just sit back and enjoy. The idea of technology trying to destroy humanity is always interesting to see unfold.

Action/Sci-FiThe action gives us a couple of fight sequences without being overly challenging on the stars while the idea of technology trying to destroy humanity.

SettingsWe do see the iconic landmarks destroyed which is key for disaster movies, but our characters are never in iconic locations.

Special EffectsThe effects are not the best, but we are not expecting great from the low budget.


Scene of the Movie –
Final twist.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Certain action moments are quickly cut taking away the action.

Final ThoughtsThis is a simple easy to watch sci-fi action film, it borrows from other ideas but works if you just want to switch your brain off.

 

Overall: Easy to watch and enjoy.

Rating

 

 

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ABC Film Challenge – Action Movies – E – Earthtastrophe (2016)

Director: Nick Lyon

Writer: Ashley O’Neil (Screenplay)

Starring: Andrew J Katers, Alexa Mansour, Tonya Kay, Evan Sloan, Detra Hicks, Kelcey Watson

 

Plot: In a white hot flash of light, and with no warning, one minute our moon is there, the next it’s gone. Then, a second flash. And that’s the last thing anyone on Earth can remember. 11 months later, it’s not post- apocalyptic; it’s apocalyptic as Earth has been sucked through a wormhole, literally ripping our planet from the inside out. With bizarre disasters and civilization collapsing, our heroes must find a way to survive and get to “safe ground” before it’s too late.


Runtime: 1 Hour 22 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Over the Top Disaster Flick

 

Story: Earthtastrophe starts as Colin (Katers) is about to secure a deal of a lifetime, his party is underway, but an unexpected disaster hits destroying the Moon and sucking Earth through a wormhole to a new galaxy. 11 months later Colin has still not gained his memory having just photos to help fill in the blanks, the world itself is a death zone with weather conditions that are beyond deadly. Colin must try to get around this world to find his family with the help of fellow survivors Zoey (Mansour) and Nadia (Kay).

 

Thoughts on Earthtastrophe

 

Characters – Colin is our main character in this story, he is a high-profile CEO whose world gets sucked into a wormhole along with the Earth and other survivors, he has lost his memory and is trying to put the pieces together on his life before the event as he looks for answers. Zoey and Nadia are two fellow survivors that help Colin find the answers as they survive in the wasteland.

PerformancesThis is low budget so I am not expecting the best of the best performances, Andrew J Katers is good in the leading role while the rest of the cast are good even if they can look out of place when not delivering lines.

StoryThe story plays into the big disaster movie types and mixes it with science, time travel and multiple dimensions. This is a movie that has way too much going on to give any of it too much sense, but this also plays into how fun this is to watch. If a genius scientist saw this story they would probably have a break down, but since when did we need a story to make sense, we do have a warning in the final outcome of the story too.

Action/Sci-FiThe action is CGI like explosions which work for the film and they have moments of sci-fi to make the unusual weather condition people don’t see.

SettingsThe settings are generic apocalyptic locations where we see destroyed buildings after the event.

Special EffectsThe effects are low budget, this is fine for us because we don’t need anything overly impressive as we know this is a sci-fi channel movie.


Scene of the Movie –
The mist clouds of doom.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It does have too much going on.

Final ThoughtsThis is an extremely watchable sci-fi action movie, if you don’t take it too seriously you will find yourself enjoying this one.

 

Overall: ABC Sci-fi Action movie.

Rating

 

 

Rise Of The Zombies (2012)

logoDirector: Nick Lyon

Writer: Keith Allan, Delondra Williams (Screenplay)

Starring: Ethan Suplee, Mariel Hemingway, LeVar Burton, Danny Trejo, Heather Hemmens, French Stewart, Chad Lindberg

 

Plot: When a zombie apocalypse has devastated American, a small group of survivors have taken up home in Alcatraz prison. After the prison becomes over run with zombies the ones who survive head back to land to find a new safe location. One group Marshall (Suplee), Lynn (Hemingway) Ashley (Hemmens) aim to locate Doctor Arnold (Stewart) who believes he has a cure. While Captain Caspian (Trejo), Kyle (Lindberg) and others look for basic supplies. Leaving Doctor Halpern (Burton) behind on the prison to try and learn the origin of the disease.

 

The group who make it off Alcatraz

The group who make it off Alcatraz

Verdict: Zombies in San Francisco

Story: Knowing this is made by the Asylum I have to automatically know the story is not going to be truly original or believable. It follows the basic zombie stereotypes and puts together an over qualified group of survivors. A strong point for this film is knowing that any of the characters could get killed off at any stage because there is no big name in this. In conclusion this is a run of the mill zombie story offering nothing new but enough of the basic for a zombie film fan. (6/10)

 

Actor Review: Ethan Suplee – Former military man who becomes the muscle of the group but also has to go through the new age zombie trend. Good to see Ethan doing a non-comedy role but unfortunately he doesn’t become the overall powerhouse role that is required. (6/10)

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Actor Review: Mariel Hemingway – The lead scientist who wants to find a cure for the disease and will risk everything to get it. Tries to lead the group well and shows glimpses of quality but too often seems to look lost in lead role. (5/10)

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Actor Review: LeVar Burton – Scientist who stays to try and find a cure for his daughter who has been bitten. Good in patches but doesn’t have enough time to show the full distance he will go for answers. (6/10)

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Actor Review: Danny Trejo – Tough guy who just wants to survive at any means. Biggest name in the film and surprisingly doesn’t have much time in it. Disappointing with what he has been doing recently but enough to show typical Trejo performance. (6/10)

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Director Review: Nick Lyon – Has a string of straight to DVD or TV films to his name and this shows why he can tell the basic story but never challengers to the next level. (6/10)

Action: Some typical zombie chasing action scenes. (6/10)

Horror: Not the best zombie world creation but still enough to add the scarier scenario. (6/10)

Special Effects: Simple special effects but nothing stand out like the new zombie films like to offer. (6/10)

Believability: Only in some zombie outbreak scenario. (1/10)

Chances of Tears: None (0/10)

Settings: Starts with good setting in the prison but soon becomes all whole city of San Francisco. Almost the opposite of most zombie films where they start wide open and finish stuck in small location. (6/10)
Oscar Chances
: No

Chances of Sequel: It is left open for a sequel

Suggestion: Zombie film fans will be watching this it is still a good enough film to show how people react in zombie infected world. But if you want something original you will need to look elsewhere. (Try It)

 

Similar Too: Most Zombie films

 

Overall: Cheaply made zombie film

 

Rating 57