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Polar Storm
Polar Storm
Actors: Jack Coleman, Holly Dignard, Tyler Johnston, Terry David Mulligan, Roger R. Cross
Director: Paul Ziller
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
PG-13     2010     1hr 33min

When a piece of the massive comet ''Copernicus'' collides with the Earth, it knocks the planet off of its axis and unleashes a disaster never before witnessed in recent history. Dr. James Mayfield (Jack Coleman) and his hi...  more »


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Actors: Jack Coleman, Holly Dignard, Tyler Johnston, Terry David Mulligan, Roger R. Cross
Director: Paul Ziller
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: First Look Pictures
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/09/2010
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 1hr 33min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish

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Movie Reviews

Polar shenanigans
Karl E. Weaver | California, USA | 02/16/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"For a low-budget disaster movie, this is not bad. Jack Coleman plays a geophysicist who lives in Washington state (most of the outdoor stuff seems to be in Washington, and some in Alaska--very beautiful landscapes). He's got a moody adolescent boy who hasn't adjusted to dad's remarrying and having a stepmother (Holly Dignard) who is also a teacher at his high school. Coleman, the hero, is estranged from his father, a general stationed in Washington (which connection helps our hero attract Presidential attention and save the world). Coleman is not exactly a charismatic actor but gives a good working performance.
The movie has an interesting, not so often seen story trick--the very beginning is a flash-forward but NOT to the end of the movie (the usually seen); no, it's a flash-forward to about the MIDDLE of the film, when all hell is popping loose--then after a couple minutes the film goes back to the beginning and stays linear all the rest of the way through from there. Halfway through, you see the beginning sequence again and say "Oh THERE it is! Oh, and this is what happens next..."
What happened was: a large fragment of a big comet hit the earth in Alaska and somehow managed to shift its axis of rotation 10 degrees--without causing planetwide damage (that's about the most difficult part to swallow). This causes the axis of rotation to be significantly mis-aligned with the magnetic axis, which causes the magnetic polarity of the earth to destabilize and start breaking up. Earth-threatening consequences, ensue as cosmic radiation is penetrating down to the earth's surface and also tends to build up and cause huge electromagnetic pulsations, which destroy pretty much all functioning electrical equipment in the area. Eventually, if something isn't done, radiation effects will destroy civilization, and probably most of mankind. Not to worry; Coleman is going to save the day. Can you guess? Yes, with some nuclear weapons strategically-placed.
The computer-generated effects are decent--a little overdone in part, but generally good, and they do not overwhelm the story. It's your typical mixture of family dynamics and concerns, and the threat of worldwide disaster. This is no "Armageddon" or "Deep Impact", but it managed to stay interesting all the way through. Don't expect too much out of it and you may find it enjoyable enough.
Minor point: the subtitling needed more editing-there are some typo mistakes, and occasionally it simply does NOT say what the actors/actresses are saying--just something very close..."
Lost potential
Rick Plesnik | Vancouver Island, Canada | 02/28/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is fast paced, maybe too fast paced. This could have been worked up into a fairly credible mini series, but as is leaves the viewer wondering about the credibility issues. There are gaps you could drive a tractor trailer through. The actor playing the son of the main protagonist is morose at best or bored. Somebody feed that kid a happy pill. The scene with the Russians had potential that could have borne fruit in a mini series, but is merely glanced over. The Russian captain was a little too ernest. And just where did they get that Type VIIC WWII sub anyway? The west coast had a Russian diesel sub on display for some time, and it did not look like that one.

Good premise, but mediocre movies."
Not bad at all...
Seadreamer | Ewing, NJ United States | 02/28/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was not really sure how this movie was going to play, but it is a thriller and it did keep me on the edge of my seat --- I would probably even watch it a second time --- that's saying a lot for me.

BUT, do yourself a favor and buy it used on amazon marketplace or rent it..."
Polar Storm
Arnita D. Brown | USA | 04/07/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"A massive comet fragment sends planet Earth spinning off its axis, prompting a series of unprecedented natural disasters that threaten the very future of mankind. With his wife and teenage so in mortal danger, Dr. James Mayfield calls on his crack research team to help realign the planet's axis before the effects of the catastrophe are irreversible.

Decent acting and direction. The writing leaves something to be desired but is passable. The special effects were not all that bad. Jack Coleman from Heroes does a decent job of playing a scientist who figures out that the Earth is going through a pole shift due to a comet strike. Some of the plot points were of course a tad bit silly. All in all a formulaic disaster movie touching on all the stereotypical elements. It is passable for entertainment as long as you do not take it too seriously.