WITH HIS INGENIOUS PLAN TO CONTROL THE WEATHER, SOFTWARE BILLIONAIRE ROBERT TERRELL WANTS TO CHANGE THE WORLD. BUT HIS INSANE EXPERIMENTS THREATEN TO DESTROY IT WHEN THE WEATHER GOES WILD, HURTLING THE PLANET TOWARD DESTRU... more »CTION.« less
Pat M. J. from GRANTS PASS, OR Reviewed on 1/2/2012...
The viewer who reviewed the quality of his dvd of "The Storm" must have gotten a defective disc. My newly bought "The Storm" was excellent quality; everything clear as a bell and the color was fine. The photography in this science thriller was fine, also and that is amazing since most scenes were miserable to photograph and light. A lot of work & special effects & high speed chases very well done; and most of it in rainy bad weather; almost impossible to photograph and light scenes well under those conditions and the photographers did that admirably. The duration of the story's storm reminds one to be grateful for being warm and dry while the characters, each one, has a terrible crisis during this mayhem created by a mad businessman/scientist (the usual suspects), with the standard American Army officer and other traitors raising hell for everyone in the background. I advise viewers to get out the popcorn, draw up a blankie and a snack, this is a long one. As it draws to a close, I'll give you 3 guesses as to what the End is like. I agree with other viewers that the ladies acting as reporter and as detective were fine and beautiful as well. It is apparent everyone in the cast tried her/his very best to interpret this "nature can kill you" story.
Would not recommend
Sarah Keyes | 08/06/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The story line was ok, but the camera work and lighting was terrible. Most of the time you couldn't make out what was happening as it was so dark. And, the camera work was like a seven year old using a video camera - fast shots, in and out, back and forth, etc. Very hard on the eyes to watch."
political idiot | california | 08/15/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"There are some key elements to identifying a poorly made film be it television or large screen: Over use of very close up shots, jerky camera activity, silly post production effects, third rate actors, amature CGI, childish script, obvious amature production quality (lighting, fake rain machines, etc), poor acting, action sequences that bore the viewer, incorherent story lines, rediculous computer input sceens with people typing 300 words per minute while talking. There are more I am sure. Most movies contain some of these elements but in general large screen movies contain fewer then small screen do just as a function of budget differences. I tend to give small screen productions a little slack due to these budget challenges.
That said, The Storm is a rare production. It embraces, with reckless abandon, all of the elements of a substandard movie. Bordering on parody, The Storm is almost unwatchable. Treat Williams, the poor man's Harrison Ford, leads a pedestrian cast of hacks sleep walking through this long, very long, two hour (with ads) movie. Needless to say you sould skip this one. If you do rent or, dare I say, buy this POS, I can promise you will want to keep the remote handy for fast forwarding whole segments."
The Storm (2009 miniseries)
G. D. Williams | USA | 08/05/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"As Survival Sundays continues on NBC, we have another Sunday dinner-The Storm. Is this as good as grandma's fried chicken and dumplings? Definitely not your grandma's Sunday cooking.
This miniseries has a great cast. The story concept is intriguing. The news reports are realistic. The music by Jonathan Snipes is catchy.
Treat Williams as Terrell, the evil industrialist, and David James Elliott as General Braxton, the Machiavellian Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, bring the world to the edge of oblivion. Terrell was about as evil as they come. Why Braxton trusted this guy is known only to the writers.
Luke Perry as Stilman gave a little mystery to this network offering. Teri Polo as Danni Nelson and John Larroquette as Bud of CNS, Cable News Service, represented the brave journalists who pursued the truth at great personal cost.
James Van Der Beek as Karl Hafner played the brilliant young scientist who was a pawn in a chess game which would end in catastrophe. There were times when he was more a marathon runner as he raced to save himself from various dangers.
The best performance in this miniseries was Marisol Nichols as Detective Devon Williams. There were times when she was contemplating a crime scene where the music took on a mystical, dreamy tone. It reminded me of a Jesse Stone movie. It would be a great teaming of these two actors and their characters.
Back to The Storm: The most underrated group was Terrell's henchmen. They gave the old Men in Black persona a definite sinister twist.
The storyline about the EMTs seemed like a tossed in pilot for a Fall Series. If so, I would find these EMT worth a watch in their series.
The moral of the story is not to mess with nature, especially the weather. Noble intentions do not always result in positive outcomes. Technology is a tool which has no moral compass, except in the hands of those who use it.
If you ever have a movie night of disaster films, then toss this one into the lineup. With plenty of junk food and some good friends, you might have a great time watching these films.
Bad script, bad acting
Jean | Prescott, AZ USA | 09/23/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I watched this when it was on NBC and it was pretty bad. With the exception of Treat Williams and David James Elliott, I was wondering who those others were advertised as stars. Being I'm not a teenager is probably why I didn't know them. The split screen scenes are over done. There are not just 2 scenes at one time but 3 or 4. Add to that the advertisements for NBC's fall shows along the bottom and it was a confusing mess to watch. I know those ads will not be on the DVD. Van Der Beek is stone faced thoughout the movie and in my personal opinion a terrible actor. I am not sure who Teri Polo was but a friend told me they thought she was the news woman killed in the first hour in a cheap rip off of the shower scene in Psycho. Treat Williams is good in the movie but he does ham it up at times. If you like this type of movie you might like this one. I must confess that I only watched it as I am a JAG fan and watched to see David James Elliott who had a small role as the Army General. NBC heavily advertised that he was in the movie so it was disappointing to see his role so small. If you are a fan of his just watch the trailer and you will see about half of his scenes. The plot has been done before in other movies made for TV. This one is overall not very original."
Joshua Robbins | Columbus Ohio | 08/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Storm is a amazing movie defeintly one that i thought i wouldn't like until it was on, the cast was incredible from James Van Der Beek to Marisol Nichols it was defeintly a movie that kept you guessing what next even though the plot was more of something from CSI it was a movie that deserves more praise then what it got and for a made for tv movie i give it two thumbs up and will get the movie when it comes to dvd and you will too if you like action and suspense and a story line that will keep you guessing until the end."