Super Storm

| August 15, 2013

Also known as Mega CycloneSuper Storm first came out in 2011, but is now being released on Blu-ray for the first time.  Although, if you broke down (like so many of us) and purchased the DVD two years ago, giving up hope that the Syfy original would ever make its Blu-ray debut, don’t worry; I can’t imagine the transfer is any better here than on the DVD release.

The story (as if you didn’t know) is about people in a small town that is being plagued by sudden electrical storms.  It turns out that the storms are being caused by a specialized particle that until now was exclusively found on gaseous planets like Jupiter and is capable of turning solid matter into gas.  The particle is discovered by closet genius Will (Brett Dier) and his high school science fair partner Megan (Luisa D’Oliveira) who invent a machine that draws the particles together and makes then visible; neatly proving their existence.

One of these days, I’m going to watch a Syfy original movie and my entire review is just going to be a list of questions I have about things that make absolutely no sense.  It would go something like: how did this particle spontaneously exist on Earth?  Why is Will so intent on keeping his massive intelligence a secret?  Why did the two particle physicists who completely understood the implications of this particle existing on Earth opt to fly a small plane to the town being hit by catastrophic electrical storms?  How did the internet know these storms existed but the mainstream media dismissed it as nonsense?  And so on.

Like all Syfy originals, our cast is populated by people you’ll recognize, but may not be able to place.  Will’s father Jason (David Sutcliffe) has popped up on countless TV series in small roles, Megan’s father Gunter (Mitch Pileggi) is a well-known character actor probably most recognizable from his time on The X-Files, and Carolyn (Erica Cerra) – one of the particle physicists – was the badass deputy sheriff on Eureka.  Being relatively unknown doesn’t make the cast bad.  They do very well considering the script they’re given.

The other popular staple of these movies is exposition that goes out of its way to convince the audience that the science at work here is plausible in the real world.  Super Storm is one of the worst offenders I’ve seen of this because its exposition consistently raises more questions than answers.  Part of the premise here is that the red spot on Jupiter, which is nothing but an insanely large storm (twice the size of Earth) has disappeared.  Days later, a similar storm starts to pop up on Earth.  Seems like these two incidents should be related right?  Like, maybe the storm somehow travelled through space to destroy Earth?  Maybe Will’s invention is more powerful than he anticipated?  Nope, it’s just a coincidence.  Wow.

No special features on this one.  Available now on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

About the Author:

Joe Sanders Joe Sanders is a podcaster, playwright, and college instructor in Kalamazoo, MI. He has a master's degree in playwriting and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University, where he currently teaches thought and writing, and is the host of the Quote Unquote Guilty podcast, part of the Word Salad Network.
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