This post-apocalyptic story tells of an attack on a supercollider that puts the planet on a collision course with total destruction, starring Luke Goss (Hellboy II) and Marina Sirtis (Star Trek The Next Generation).
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The script may have stunk a bit, but the point of the movie is thatthinking of Arabs as terrorists first and human beings second is a bigmistake that can lead us into a major disaster for humanity. I actually enjoyed much of the movie even though I was tempted to fastforward the tape to see how it ended. Marina Sirtis' character, Paxton,started acting a little odd, I wondered if her character was somehowsupposed to be in a separate conspiracy to "trap" the supposedterrorists. In the end, I didn't see any evidence other than a forcedattempt to belabor the point of the movie. Incidentally, as others have mentioned, the Large Hadron Collider isn'tgoing to create a black hole...that's just scaremongering talk thatmade for an interesting movie but not very good science.
Clearly the script wasn't written by successful science majors andneither did they do any research for the film, to be honest this filmhas about several different plots rolled into one, there is thiscollider that blows up in France and wipes out a quarter of the countryand the lead scientist that must find out what caused the explosion,there is also this subplot about one of the lead scientist suspected ofbeing a terrorist and is on the run from the police and the actualterrorists.All in all the film's plot doesn't really make a lot of sense becausethe stuff I just mentioned aren't the only plot or subplots thrown in,there is a whole bunch of them and very few of them are properlyexplained or not explained at all and the acting needs serious work,some of the actors looked like they didn't really know how to playtheir roles, they were either very stiff or their acting was almostcompletely wooden.The part about this film that really made me feel like I wasted my timewith it was the ending, I mean you get films with bad endings but thiswas the icing on the cake for me.Final Verdict, the reason I gave this film a six is because it shoulddo so well to actually give all wannabe film makers hope, because ifthe pros can make bad movies with plots that make no sense and effectsthat were done with Windows Movie Maker, then I guess the amateurs cantoo.
Marina has a great natural accent. She has a long list of accents theyhave stuck her with and I wish they would stop doing that to her.The acting was OK, the effects were OK... this film is not "Gone WithThe Wind" and there are holes, but I wanted to see what happened next;that is usually a good sign for earning a degree of entertainmentvalue. Editing whoops: after Raja's import stalls on the side of the road, hegets out, looks around, gets back in and there is no head-rest on thepassenger seat. When they come up and knock on his window, the headrest is back.
I didn't expect much from this movie and honestly, I guess I can say Igot what I asked for, so I give it an extra star for delivering whatwas expected.This movie had a minimal plot, horrible acting, so-so special effects,and too many holes to make it believable. I agree with the other postabove that the only thing that was impressive was the ending. Not yourtypical disaster film.I have to point out one area that no one has mentioned thus far. Thelab assistants -- Did anyone notice the fact that the two women wereoverly attractive for the role that they were playing. Not to mentiontheir purpose was pointless. They had very few lines and those they didthey hardly even got them out without it sounding like it was being fedoff a teleprompter.I love the fact that terrorists got into a facility with loaded weaponswithout even a problem. My gas station on the corner has bettersecurity protocols than this place did. I think the movie would of beenmore believable had they made it a 2 part mini series and expanded onthe terrorists actually circumventing the security within the facilityrather than them just showing up and shooting everyone without a singleguard around.
I don't know why i didn't turn this awful movie off. It was likewatching a shriner car wreck, i just couldn't look away but I got agood laugh at least.The acting was forced and very poor. Marina Sirtis used to be a halfway decent actress but that hokey fake accent and halting... way...of...saying.... terrorist every three seconds was irritating. Not tomention the fact that one second she has a down south drawl, then aTexas drawl, then a Kansas farm girl thing.My 5 year old writes better stories with crayons, ie: the two labassistant porn stars "oh my god he's been like shot, oh no, now i'vebeen totally like shot too, i don't feel well" Another person said the girl that played nya was like the UK Meghanfox, well the original was annoying enough and we don't want her, nowwe get stuck with a British version that sucks worse... KEEP HER, andif you ever see this movie for sale, buy it and use it for skeetshooting to save some other poor sap from wasting two hours of they'relife to.
I actively hated this movie, and I'm a gal who tends to cut sci-fimovies a lot of slack because I love them so much, even the bad ones.But this one -- wow.The single stupidest and most insulting thing about Annihilation Earth(and of too many sci-fi and disaster movies) is that it gives only oneor two scientists -- in the entire world -- the expertise and power tomake crucial decisions affecting millions (and possibly billions) ofpeople.Annihiliation Earth is such a movie, in spades. No involvement with anynational or worldwide governmental or scientific body -- just Luke Gossand Marina Sirtis getting all tense with each other.This nation's already poor science literacy certainly won't be improvedwith preposterous flicks like this one.
One extra star is for an ending that puts this wretched group of actorsout of their misery.Marina Sirtis' attempt at a southern accent was as bad as AndieMcDowell's attempt at a British accent in one of her early films. Itwas completely unnecessary to the plot and was a terrible distractionthat highlighted the overall poor level of talent in this truly awfulfilm.The characters talk about high levels of radiation but enter theradioactive zone with no ill effects. Characters drive around thecountryside for no reason than to fill space in the empty storyline.Syfy (formerly Scifi) has offered some superior series (BattlestarGalactica, Eureka, Stargate, etc.) but always seems to fall short onthe films produced for them.A film can overcome a modest budget and limited special effects with agood story and good acting. This film provides nothing of value.
Poor Marina Sirtis. She goes from a steady job at Star Trek: The NextGeneration, to being the go-to actress for playing women of a certainage from the Middle East (she even got a turn in the Oscar-winnerCrash), and now she's reduced to this. I guess the recession has causedTrek convention speaking fees to dry up, or something.Anyway, in Annihilation Earth, another entry into Sci-Fi's Bulgariancinema oeuvre, she plays a vaguely official woman with an atrociousSouthern accent who oversees a magical Large Hadron Collider-basedfuturistic power source. Part of which proceeds to explode, nuking aquarter of France. So she rides the head scientist, played by LukeGoss, to figure out what went wrong and fix it.That's honestly about all the plot that makes sense, because stuck inthe Sci-Fi plot blender is some stuff about a fellow scientist being asuspected terrorist sympathizer, a bunch of catastrophic thingshappening, like earthquakes, electromagnetic pulses, and satellitesbeing pulled out of the sky, and, of course, a bunch of explosions.Either way, it ends with the world exploding, because Sirtis gives thewrong order. It's a tragic ending, especially because this film didn'tget taken with it.
I was a bit surprised by Marina Sirtis and her Southern accent, and theinconsistencies were a bit distracting. The acting of Luke Gossactually wasn't bad.But here is the real bottom line, and it does make you think. Can atechnology be created that could cause an extinction level event?Nuclear Annihilation is about as much as we have created so far, butwhat if a technology was created (super collider) that led to thedestruction of our planet. Do I think this could happen? No, not achance. But I like movies that make you think.Here are some of the holes in this movie (not a complete list): 1. For technologies this powerful, where is the security? There is noway an Arab terrorist gets to a control room and can cause this muchdamage.2. 1 man (Luke Goss) and 1 woman (Marina Sirtis) have all the controland knowledge to make the call to end humanity. As mentioned before,Luke did a fairly good job at acting out his part, but I believe agroup of scientists would be giving their opinions on such a hugedecision.3. When Marina was talking to Luke at the end of the movie, she mentionstates, "how can we trust a man that has beaten and shot?". OK, I knowthey had a video screen and they could see the blood on his face, buthow did they know he was shot in the leg? 4. Technologies this powerfulwill have so many fail safes and redundancies a terrorist would nothave a chance to take this much control.However, even with some of these plot holes. I liked the thought itcreated and the surprising conclusion. Not many end this way.
I wasn't expecting much considering SyFy's (very) dubious reputation,didn't get much. In fact, the whole film was a near irredeemable mess,with barely tolerable efforts(only giving that phrase merely becauseI've seen worse like in Titanic II), slipshod filming and very lazydirecting. The acting is terrible, Luke Goss is not bad actually but hedeserved much better than what he got but Marina Sirtis with her forceddelivery and a "southern" accent that is so laughable it leaves youspeechless is a completely different story. The script has far too manystilted and stilted lines and contains scientific errors so vast and soglaringly off that you could tell that not much research if any wentinto it and the characters are underdeveloped and stereotypical. Not tomention the story, which was dull and very structurally thin, with manymoments that didn't ring true to me, I agree about the issues about thelab assistants being too attractive and feeling too shoe-horned in andabout the terrorists getting into the facility far too easily. Theending was the only part of the movie that didn't feel like nonsense,but considering how preposterous the rest of the movie is, thisno-nonsense approach was jarring. Overall, really quite appalling. 1/10Bethany Cox
Forget arguing about the acting - this movie should have been named"The Killer Teenage Mutant Supercollider That Blew-Up the Earth" orsomething along those lines. Categorizing this as a stupid movie wouldbe an insult to all stupid movies in existence. At one point even my9-year old nephew said, "Why does only one man know how to fix theproblem instead of 50 or a hundred people?" I just shrugged and toldhim I did not think the movie was going to get any better. I was right.There was never a moment of excitement, drama, anticipation, happiness,sadness, or other entertainment quality throughout this dreadful film.There was only the prolonged agony of enduring the immeasurableludicrous science and technical mistakes, the incredibly lazy screenwriting, and the shameful directing that resulted in a truly horridmovie.If I find this DVD on sale for 10 cents, I will buy about 25 of them(That will be $2.50 at the register), toss the discs, and reuse theempty cases (I will be wearing a fake beard and sunglasses so no one inthe store will recognize me and think I would actually be buying thesefor gifts).
Truly, truly awful . . .I am a TNG fan, so watched when I noticed Marina Sirtis name. But thataccent . . . bad, bad, bad . . .The plot should have allowed a reasonable film - scientists creationthreatens extinction of the planet. Spoiler: It blows up. They do keeptelling you that, so its not much of a spoiler. But there - I've savedyou 90 minutes of your life you will never get back . . .Other posters who try and say there is some good acting or otherfeatures are wrong.There isn't. Wearing a Bruce Willis radiation suitpainted black apparently makes you pant when standing still, or tryingto hobble (badly) across flat ground. Poor collagen lipped siliconbreasted science assistants are probably really nice people, butweren't required here - they added nothing to script or story line.Make up on survivors in disaster scenes came out out of my three yearolds paint set. Applied by a three year old. Raging fires in desolatedcity scenes came out of a 1990 video game - its so long since I'veplayed it I cant remember what its called any more. And I don't thinkthe console even works - just like this movie.Other posters have given some of the plot holes big enough to driveJupiter through.For plot holes and bad acting, pick a scene, any scene, and I'llprovide the list.Some movies are so bad they are good.This one isn't. Its just bad . . .
I like Luke Goss & think he should be in bigger things than this sortof garbage. He was great in both "Blade II" & in "Hellboy II: TheGolden Army." In a lesser known role he made a bad film almosttolerable in "Cold & Dark." He needs the right role to become a bigstar. I guess as long as Guillermo del Toro keeps doing films we'll getto see more of him. This film is about as generic as you can imagine.I've seen worse special effects but the so-called plot is terrible.Talk about miscasting, Marina Sirtis is completely unbelievable in herrole. It's already written badly but she was completely wrong for this.If you want to watch another terrible disaster flick that somehow thesyfy (Quite possibly the worst renaming of a channel EVER) channelkeeps pumping out, well this is fun to laugh at or with. There is worsestuff out there, but it sure as hell gets better. Skip this & keephoping we see more of Luke Goss in the future because he has theability, but even Tom Hanks couldn't make this better than this mess.This is of the same vein of "Angels & Demons" (that is not acompliment) but with 1/100th the budget. Again it always comes down toa decent script, & even w/the budget of "Avatar" ($300 Million plus)this would still stink.
"...I don't know!"This simple exchange from the film sums up this appalling film.Appalling. There are no redeeming features. Well, one of the women isquite hot (Nya). Everyones' accents are all over the place. Acting isvery basic (apart from a black guy). The plot doesn't make sense. Thescience doesn't make any sense whatsoever. The special effects don'tmake sense. Nothing makes sense. Oh, France gets destroyed and there'sthis hot girl. That's it in terms of the good stuff. Very slow/specialneeds people might find it entertaining for a few minutes max butsomeone should make sure they know how to change the channel/hit thestop button.
Whoever thought Marina Sirtis could pull off a Southern accent shouldgo straight back to casting school. Marina herself should be ashamed ateven accepting the role. Her acting is dreadful. Most of the other socalled actors don't turn in a half decent performance either. The movieis an insult not only to SCI FI Fans but to movie lovers in general.The pace, the effects, down to the half baked storyline all make for avery weak piece of wasted 90 minutes. Certainly the premise for thefilm is good but it is poorly executed on so many levels. I amconstantly amazed at how some projects get off the ground. Watch forthe supermodel types supposedly scientists. A priceless line deliveredcollegen injected lips as they swing by in an obviously CGI createdchopper "I've never seen anything like this, makes Hiroshima andNagasaki looks small in comparison". Annihilation Earth is excruciatingand should have been annihilated from the outset. Don't waste your time- Marina Sirtis is an embarrassment to actors everywhere!
From the start, it was unbearable to watch Marina Sirtis try a southernaccent. She was never a great actress, her only claim to fame being theannoying Betazoid on STNG. And her acting was painful there. I seem toremember her in another SciFi disaster flick and her acting there wasonly marginally better. I thought she'd ruin this movie. But shedidn't, she only made the torture more unbearable. To this they addedtwo panting, sweating, whiny-voiced porn stars in unnecessary roles.What in theory should have been a good plot line was ruined by crummydialog, trite and tiresome clichÃ©s, and horrendous acting. This was adisastrous movie, even by SyFy "original" standards.
This movie was enjoyable. In general the acting was very good. Though I didn't care for MarinaSirtis' accent (couldn't exactly place it), she conveyed hercharacter's emotions very well.Luke Goss and Colin Salmon were excellent, especially during the lastmoments of the movie. David's (Goss) anxiety was almost tangible.The storyline wasn't flawless, but it was interesting nonetheless. The major drawback was two female scientists who were obviously tossedin for some cleavage shots, but contributed nothing to the overallplot.
"Colliders" have gone berserk. They're some kind of mega-efficientenergy providing devices (I guess), and now they're colliding withMother Nature. I think. Things are blowing up.One of the premier scientists in the world, who engineered thistechnology talks on his cell phone a lot. Usually to an almostunrecognizable Marina Sirtis (Star Trek, Next Gen). "David, this is allyour fault. You better stop these disasters." She then hangs up, waitsfor another catastrophe to occur, then calls him: "David, you reallyneed to stop these disasters. Now, David." It really started to soundlike Hal 9000 after a while.Anyway, what story there is, takes the normal course in a "world mayend because of bad science" movie, with a very obvious but stillnonsensical ending. As for Marina, she's probably still yelling atDavid.
I wasn't expecting much considering SyFy's (very) dubious reputation,didn't get much. In fact, the whole film was a near irredeemable mess,with barely tolerable effects(only giving that phrase merely becauseI've seen worse like in Titanic II), slipshod filming and very lazydirecting. The acting is terrible, Luke Goss is not bad actually but hedeserved much better than what he got but Marina Sirtis with her forceddelivery and a "southern" accent that is so laughable it leaves youspeechless is a completely different story. The script has far too manystilted and stilted lines and contains scientific errors so vast and soglaringly off that you could tell that not much research if any wentinto it and the characters are underdeveloped and stereotypical. Not tomention the story, which was dull and very structurally thin, with manymoments that didn't ring true to me, I agree about the issues about thelab assistants being too attractive and feeling too shoe-horned in andabout the terrorists getting into the facility far too easily. Theending was the only part of the movie that didn't feel like nonsense,but considering how preposterous the rest of the movie is, thisno-nonsense approach was jarring. Overall, really quite appalling. 1/10Bethany Cox
This stinker is right up there with Titanic 2 although the specialeffects are marginally better I guess. The holes in the plot are biggerthan those created by the collider - too many to mention but Iespecially loved the way a doctor and paramedics were waiting outsidethe undamaged hospital for our hero to hand over some injured kiddieswhile 30 million people had just been wiped out. It seems thatemergency services weren't overwhelmed at all and the deadly radiationour heroic team suited up for quickly vanished so the porno actresses,erm I mean "top scientists" could display their own enhanced collidersin fetching cammo singlets. No further comment is required about MarinaSirtis' atrocious "southern" accent.It's a shame because the basic premise of this woeful waste of timewould probably make quite a good movie and Luke Goss should be given achance to redeem himself with a decent plot, script and half-waycompetent cast.