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SOLAR ATTACK
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Paul Ziller

Starring:
Mark Dacascos
Joanne Kelly
Louis Gossett
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Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
When the largest solar explosion breaks off from the sun, the earth finds itself in disaster mode. It is up to some rich guy who with smarts and a theory to save the day.
Is it good movie?
You know the kid that’s a straight A student and he never goes out and he never gets drunk. He doesn’t do anything he shouldn’t be doing? So this kid comes home with a C in math one day and you find it hard to get really pissed off. Because come on, he’s a harmless little goody two shoes that gets one “satisfactory” grade. Well, that’s what Solar Attack is, it’s that annoying kid that does NOTHING wrong. And when it comes to art and that is not always a good thing. This disaster movie is low on disaster, low on special effects and low on pretty much everything else, including thrills. But the thing is, it’s not a bad movie. I was somewhat entertained by it. If I happened to be bored and there was nothing worth watching on and the Sci-Fi Channel happened to be showing this, I might check it out. But almost before the end credits I would forget about it. This is a less than thrilling adventure that lacks any excitement but looks okay for the type of B-movie it is.

The story here is simple, a few solar explosions break away from the sun and start making their way to the earth and it’s weakened ozone layer. It’s up to “maverick scientist”, Lucas Foster (played somewhat unconvincingly by Mark Dacascos) whose theories of this happening have long been played to his ex, played by Joanne Kelly. So now, Lucas must explain to the President of the United States (Louis Gossett, Jr.) the deadly apocalypse that is about to occur. For once the solar explosions pass the ozone; there will be fire throughout the sky which will suck up the earth’s oxygen. Yeah, it sounds like it could be exciting but again, it’s the good kid that does nothing wrong which includes no risks. Because for all its talk about disaster, very little of it is shown. A couple of dudes die and we get to see some fire in the sky. But with its barely passable special effects, it’s just ho-hum. Solar Attack really didn’t light my fire.

PLEASE NOTE: This review is not meant to say all “A Students” are dull and uninteresting and I’m sure many of them are much more exciting than this movie.
Video / Audio
Video: The 1.78:1 Widescreen looked good. But no transfer can make standard computer generated special effects look all that special.

Audio: The 5.1 and 2.0 Digital Stereo was good and really let the explosions tear up the speakers… well, maybe not that great.
The Extras
What extras? We get Trailers cleverly found under “Also From Lions Gate” including, “Bug”, “The Descent”, “A Dead Calling”, “Chasing Christmas” and “3 Wise Guys”. Fun for all.
Last Call
Solar Attack is a safe and painless PG rated nature strikes back flick. It is not a bad movie, but it’s just bland with some b-movie acting and some very b-movie special effects. You can’t dislike it really because it’s just kind of entertaining fluff but for a disaster movie, there ain’t a whole lot of disaster going on. I wouldn’t recommend searching this out but if you happen to turn of the Sci-Fi Channel and it’s on, it’s not necessarily a bad watch.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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