MTI // 2006 // 110 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 12th, 2009
How do you make elite sea rescuers boring? This is how.
Rick Simmons is the newest hotshot diver to join the aforementioned squad of elite sea rescuers. Unfortunately, Rick has a shady past. He's distrusted by his new comrades -- especially a woman who may or may not get over her skepticism of the new guy and attempt to jump his bones -- and constantly drives his superiors bonkers with his anti-authoritarian attitude and general brashness. Eventually, Rick will win over his co-workers with his bravery and willingness to risk his life to save domesticated animals.
Does the above synopsis sounds like a shorthand version of the plot of Top Gun? It should, because that's what Stormforce immediately brought to my mind. Of course, Top Gun had some pretty awesome action to bolster the Mavericky shtick. The same cannot be said for Stormforce. It is a profoundly boring action-adventure and with a 110-minute runtime, you will be swimming in this tedium far too long.
Here are the slam-bang sea rescue action scenes you can look forward too: a dog is rescued from a boat, a mom is rescued from an island, and some guys are rescued in the middle of the night during a storm in which you can barely see anything. There is a big climactic rescue at the end that s by far the highlight of the adventure, featuring Rick swimming around a flooded ship, avoiding fire and electricity with a small girl in his arms. It's not a bad way to send the film out, but by then it's too late; I was already sufficiently upset with how Stormforce managed to burn through nearly two hours of my life.
I didn't care about Rick or his stupid life or how he screwed up in his past and I certainly didn't care about the predictable romance that would erupt between him and the girl that hated his guts. Worse, all this melodrama is transmitted in some horrible dubbing that makes every character sound like an amateur community theater actor.
That's all I've got for Stormforce, a movie that I pretty much hated. The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is decent-looking, but nothing that will redefine how you enjoy video quality. A 2.0 stereo mix delivers the audio. No extras.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 110 Minutes
Release Year: 2006
MPAA Rating: Rated R