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When a trio of men with telekinetic power leaded by Adrian Geiger
(Michael Massee) robs an armored car, the skeptical FBI agents Jordan
Ripps (Teri Hatcher) and her partner Frank McIntyre do not believe in
the testimony of the witnesses about the powerful skills of the gang.
Meanwhile, the former FBI agent Raymond Addison (Louis Gossett Jr.) is
chasing Geiger, who was a survival of his special force of powerful
men, and blackmails the physics professor Zachary Shefford (Grayson
McCouch), using him to find the location where Geiger, his daughter
Tristen Geiger (Nicki Aycox) and their community of telekinetic people
are placed. The reunion of Geiger and Addison will lead them to a
"Momentum" is not a bad movie, as indicated in many reviews. Although being a low-budget TV movie, it is Indeed a good entertainment. The story uses elements of "Scanners", "The Fury", "Firestarter" and other sci-fi stories, but I liked it. The beauty of Teri Hatcher is still very impressive, but the weak unknown actor Michael Massee with his expressionless face spoils the important and key character of Adrian Geiger. Having some improvements in the screenplay, better special effects and a better actor in the role of Geiger, "Momentum" might be a great movie. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "Momentum Ameaça Indestrutível" ("Momentum Indestructible Menace")
Kinda cheesy and predictable, but not bad for all that. I probably won't watch it again, but it still managed to be mildly entertaining. The movie also appears to be hoping to be used as a pilot episode for a new scifi series, which, as far as I know, isn't going to happen.
If it weren't for the editing out of curse words and a superimposed blur when one character give another the finger, it would be easy to mistake this low-budget snoozer for a Sci-Fi channel pilot. The plot about the government's attempts to destroy a group of telekinetics it originally trained as military weapons ends ambiguously enough with the hero, himself gifted, in pursuit of a telekinetic survivor bent on revenge. Alas, the movie is talky, boring, predictable and even devoid of interesting special effects. Top-billed Louis Gossett, Jr. has a minor role as the evil government bureaucrat who originated the program and now wants to eliminate all traces. He walks through the part and it is hard to understand why he bothered. Other members of the cast do a decent job with a script that demands little.
MOMENTUM -- not be confused with MEMENTO -- is a throwback to flicks like SCANNERS and BLADE RUNNER, wherein a group of telepathic mutants is on the run from a hostile government. At moments, the film even plays like a bush-league X-MEN, as the leader of a wandering mutant colony threatens to create a slew of sleeper cells, then declare war and eventually take down mankind. This low-budget overseas effort, produced with a small handful of American actors and a boatload of Europeans, is watchable for some great physical stunts and a refreshing lack of CGI, which its budget clearly did not call for. Only the ending is a letdown, suggesting it was made with a sequel or TV series in mind. Teri Hatcher plays an FBI agent caught in the middle of this "war," and a badly aged Lou Gossett is a shadowy government villain. In case we don't "get" that Gossett is too old for the role, several characters are made to comment on this very fact.
The films of the Science Fiction Channel ( Sci-Fi Channel ) have become
boringly predictable. The seem low on budget, originality, and
In this creation the government is out to get a bunch of telekinetics and recruits a poor soul by devious means to help. There is plenty of over worked recycled twists on evil government organization theme. black coats, shadows, short meaningless lines make these one dimensional cartoons.
Daniel Dae Kim stands out as a good actor in a small role. He brings a bit of the style of his "Angel" character to the role. It is hard to miss the link that his "Crusade" character was a telepath and this is a film on telekinetics. Was this a Sci-Fi casting move to try and draw fans from the other show? Who knows. Thankfully he is a decent actor and a pleasure to watch.
The movie is definitely low budget. It reflects The Sci-Fi Channels current model of Canadian location, few well known characters, few effects, and woefully terrible plot and character development. One would think they believe science fiction fans will view anything labeled "scifi."
If you want a good telekinesis movie, check out "the Fury" ( 1978).
A man with telekinetic abilities meets a group of people with similar
I stumbled upon this film because I was itching for some Zach Galligan. This, unfortunately, was not the film to fill that need. Galligan is a relatively minor player here, with this being a spotlight film for Teri Hatcher (who apparently could only do B-movies ever since "Lois and Clark" ended and until "Desperate Housewives" started).
Honestly, as far as SyFy Channel films go, this one really is not that bad. Rather than exotic scientific junk made up out of thin air (a common theme since "Eureka" became successful), this relies on a very simple scientific principle: friction. I appreciate that.
Director James Seale did a lot with a small budget. Great acting all around. The cast was extraordinary with some really big names like Teri Hatcher, Louis Gossett Jr, and Michael Masse. Even though its a low budget film, good effects and excellent writing make this an enjoyable movie. The movie still plays on Sci-Fi. It was supposed to be made into a series but this has not come into fruition. Catch James Seale's other movies, Scorcher and Asylum on video or HBO. Its good to see a Philly boy in this business who is working and doing well. His newest film ,"Throttle" is an action packed thriller in the vain of "Duel". Keep on the lookout Bruce Jaffe in another James Seale production!!
Momentum does have its moments. The film looks decent, with some
atmospheric-looking scenery and not-too-choppy editing. Some of the
physical stunts are well done. And there are a couple of performances
that are not bad. Terri Hatcher still looks beautiful and not only is
she charming but she gives her character some steel. Daniel Dae Kim
also stands out in a small role, he does have style and charisma.
However despite the title, Momentum just doesn't have any momentum. The
script is cheesy and too talky, the story is sluggish and predictable
with a severe lack of suspense and tension and the characters are
underdeveloped clichés. The rest of the acting apart from Hatcher and
Kim doesn't leave much of an impression. Louis Gossett Jnr sleepwalks
through his role and Michael Massee is a bland and expressionless lead.
All in all, not irredeemable but didn't do much to thrill me. 4/10 Bethany Cox
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