This is what I watch modern disaster movies for: To see how far the CGI has come and how it meshes with the real footage. I also watch it for the excitement, but I'm trying to sound cerebral here.
I really enjoyed this movie, even though the script got a little trite in a few places, with some additional instances of not sounding like natural dialogue. Performances were pretty good, and I appreciated that there weren't any 'big names' in the cast. It's tough sometimes to sympathise with the character(s) when you can't separate their onscreen performance from the headline-grabbing reality of who they really are. Pacing was pretty good, too. Obviously, it was slower in the beginning, but that's typical with disaster movies.
What I really liked was the special effects. There are s-f mega-movies with humongous budgets that can't manage to integrate CGI effects with live footage as well as this film does. I was very pleasantly surprised.
Another surprise was the cinematography, and yes, I am fully aware it's that very thing that some people are disliking. I disagree. This was shot in the style of a mockumentary (not a comedic one), and I was impressed by the editing of various video sources while maintaining pacing and the sequential storyline/action of the film. It wasn't difficult to tell where each source came from or where that source was situated when it was filming. There were a few spots where you think 'where did that come from?!' but those instances were rare.
If you like effects-driven movies and/or disaster movies, you should really check this out.
- Actors: Alycia Debnam-Carey, Matt Walsh, Sarah Wayne Callies, Richard Armitage
- Directors: Steven Quale
- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: English
- Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Roadshow Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 31 Dec 2014
- Run Time: 89 minutes
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- ASIN: B01A9QW7V4
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