Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
When a group of archaeologists dig up a human skeleton near the historical monument of Stonehenge, an ancient piece of machinery is discovered beneath the bedrock . Not knowing what it could be, the workers accidentally trigger the mechanism and start a chain of events that may very well end the world as we know it.
Is it good movie?
You know, sometimes it feels as though if you've written one Syfy TV-to-DVD review, you've written them all. A lot of the same statements tend to ring true- the movies take themselves seriously, have a so-so cast with a star you might recognize, are heavy-handed and ultimately pretty silly. This entry isn't much different, and on top of that it's another apocalypse movie.
I'm not huge on end of the world movies. I dig the cool effects (the first 25 minutes of Day After Tomorrow were great, the rest of the film, not so much) but the plot tends to be hackneyed and predictable. Anyway, in this one something has screwed up the electromagnetic core of the earth and a ragtag group of scientist misfits have to stop it while a nosy screwup researcher is determined to check it out for himself. The plot is completely convoluted and silly, bringing light things like a cult and hidden apocalypse refuges.
Yes, this movie really posits the idea that the apocalypse will be brought about by Stonehenge. Not lightning, not a tsunami, no earthquake, no mutant beasts, no locusts- weird looking rocks that are giving off electricity. Yikes. On top of that, do you remember when I mentioned that the best part of any decent disaster flick is the effects? Well, this movie's effects are AWFUL. Stonehenge is completely CGI and looks truly terrible.
Misha Collins of Supernatural fame is our wacky conspiracy theorist researcher, and he's doing the best he can. The rest of the cast is trying, but this isn't a film watched for amazing performances. If nothing else, this movie is moderately entertaining to watch once because it's completely absurd. I mean, when was the last time you saw Stonehenge turn the Great Pyramids into living volcanoes? It's every bit as silly as it sounds. Whether or not you enjoy it depends on whether or not you love Syfy's brand of silliness.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and looks pretty clean and clear.
Audio is Dolby 5.1 Surround and is pretty evenly mixed but unspectacular.
Rounding out the extras section is a 30 minute behind the scenes documentary and is full of cast and crew bits where they're clearly promoting the film and trying to get it off the ground. It feels like it could have been 15 minutes long and is basically just a fluff piece.
There are also trailers for The Shortcut, The New Daughter and this film.
If you like bad effects, a laughable plot and conspiracy theories then you'll like this movie. Otherwise, avoid.