Vivendi Visual Entertainment // 2013 // 173 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // August 7th, 2013
The race for survival has begun.
An aggressive tycoon (Treat Williams, Everwood) is looking for the next big breakthrough and he thinks he's found it: limitless dark energy, harvest from the deep space. On the surface, firing laser beams into the vortex and screwing around with volatile dark matter sounds like a great idea, but, actually, no, that's actually pretty dumb. And Dr. Karl Dameron (Steven Weber, Dracula: Dead and Loving It) has his concerns. But he's emasculated and shut down by his strong-willed supervisor (Christina Cox, The Chronicles of Riddick), forcing him to sit on the sidelines as the inevitable catastrophe approaches.
It arrives in a big way, when douchebag eco-terrorists sabotage the apparatus and inadvertently uncork a massive event, which obliterates a small town and begins to expand more and more, threatening to completely annihilate every living thing on Earth.
Look, to be honest, I'm pretty sure this is the plot to this movie. For all intents and purposes, this could be the synopsis of any number of made-for-TV disaster movies I've watched over the past few years.
At this point, the blueprint is set and all the pieces are interchangeable, though lately, the predominant elements seem to be scientists, kids and globs of visual effects shooting lightning all over the place. Eve of Destruction checks all these boxes and then some, the "some" being "more bloated runtime." Here is yet another miniseries, which is code for an entirely unnecessary three-hour block of crap.
Like Ring of Fire, the last disaster miniseries I watched, all of the actual disaster action is back-loaded. That means you're looking at a solid 90 minutes of exposition and build-up before the nitty-gritty drops. In fact, don't expect much sound and fury until the last thirty minutes. That's a lot of time to wait for disaster to strike and when it does the visuals offer nothing new; some flashing, some bolts of electricity and a few buildings getting sucked into a small black hole.
Is there anything else you really need to know about this movie? I guarantee it's not the secondary plots of some oblivious kid falling in with the wrong crowd of eco-terrorists or the sexually-charged bickering between the two lead scientists.
Nothing exciting to report with the Blu-ray: decent specs including a 1.78:1, 1080p transfer and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio and a preview of the next mind-numbing disaster movie.
Guilty. Jam a butter knife in a socket for more fun.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Vivendi Visual Entertainment
* 1.78:1 Non-Anamorphic (1080p)
* DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English)
* English (SDH)
Running Time: 173 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated