SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION (BLU RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Stefanie von Pfetten
What's it about
Zany enviro-nuts Kate and Joe stumble upon a wild root system that starts taking over the whole country with natural disaster-type ramifications, including quakes and tsunamis. Of course, this is all the work of a rogue former agent who germinated the seed for his own personal gain. Can Kate and Joe team up with a government agent and plant expert to stop the madness in time?
Is it good movie?
I feel like I should probably retire from writing reviews of these Syfy
epics. Like many of the others that preceded it, this movie is really
stupid, features ridiculous characters, horrible effects and a
completely implausible sinister plot. Ultimately, if you're not into
movies that are so-bad-on-purpose, you can skip through the rest of
this review now and know that this is just not for you.
Almost everything about this movie is awkward and cheesy, and not even
in a fun way. There isn't even a giant monster to worry about here,
just awful, awful CGI plant stalks. The effects are just so bad, and
they stand out so obviously when the camera moves around. Any hope you
had of suspending disbelief (ha!) flies out the window really quickly
here. Not to mention the fact that the movie is loaded with really
lame, really brutal references to the bible (you see, the seed may have
been germinated in the garden of Eden- yeah). To be fair, there is a
good idea buried in here, the whole gimmick of finding the hidden
biblical secrets of Eden..but still, this isn't the place to explore
Writing reviews for movies like this tends to be a bit of a chore. The
only decent performance here comes from Jesse Moss (who was great in
Tucker and Dale vs Evil), but this absolutely cannot save the film.
Adrian Pasdar turns up as our straight-laced action hero federal agent,
and sleepwalks through the role. Why is this plant so mean? Why can it
be blasted with missiles and survive unscathed? Why is it that when a
horrible CGI helicopter gets shot, you can't see any bullet
holes? If you are into the idea that a giant root can swallow up
most of Nevada and even California in the span of a few hours, then you
might want to tune into this.
I'm so sorry to have to be so brief and so mean while reviewing this
movie, but it was basically torture to watch and has very few redeeming
qualities, if any. If you insist on doing the whole "awful syfy" movie
you have to be able to do better than this. It's silly, looks awful and
just makes no sense. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Video / Audio
Video is a well-transferred 1.77:1 widescreen and looks just
fine. Nothing special, just a typical TV movie quality here.
Audio comes in Dolby TrueHD and is a bit
imbalanced, focusing mainly on rear channels with some unclear dialogue.
Absolutely nothing. Awful
I really hated this. I don't know what else I can say. I hope it's a
long time before I have to review another Syfy movie!