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Polar Storm (2009)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  28 March 2009 (USA)
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A comet passes near the Earth and disturbs Earth's magnetic field.

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Dr. James Mayfield
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Dr. Elman
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A comet passes near the Earth and disturbs Earth's magnetic field.

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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Pole Reversal  »

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When the comet fragment is falling to Earth, Pam tells James that is going to land at 51 latitude, 179 longitude, and warns him that that is only 100 miles from his location. However, James and his partner were at the Arctic Circle in mainland Alaska; 51N 179W is about 17 miles south of Amatignak Island in the Aleutians, about 1500 miles away. See more »

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Captain Yolenkov: So, we work together to save world, no?
General Mayfield: Yes, Dr. May-field will formulate the detonation sequence.
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Not so bad ...
14 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is along the lines of most Sci-Fi Channel movies, but definitely a tad better - mostly because it tackles a different theme (magnetic storms / polar shift) and has a good lead character.

The basic setup of the story is that a fragment of a comet has hit earth and strange electrical storms are popping up in multiple locations. There are two sub-stories: (1) a scientist (Jack Coleman from the TV series "Heroes") tries to warn the government that the storms are going to get worst, not better and (2) the scientist's son and wife are trying to escape an area hit by one of the storms.

One thing that's very impressive is that the story can be effectively told within the budgetary constraints typical to these types of movies. The filmmakers put just the right amount into effects (simple, but passable), locations (small towns/open roads) and the number of characters (very few) to make it work.

Furthermore, Jack Coleman and Holly Dignard (who plays his wife) are decently interesting to watch - so that helps. Both carry an air of seriousness that helps keep the atmosphere of the movie in urgency mode.

If you're sick of the channel's overused themes (mutant undead/rat/insect/etc.), then this is a step up from that. It's not really good or great, but if you're hunting for sci-fi on TV and nothing else is on ... might as well watch this.


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