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Polar Opposities (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 6 June 2008
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Polar Opposities is a TV movie starring Charles Shaughnessy, Tracy Nelson, and Ken Barnett. When Earth's magnetic poles begin reversing, David Terran, the only scientist who predited the possibility of such a sci-fi disaster, must join forces with his estranged friend and lover to... See full synopsis »

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Credited cast:
... David
... Jenna
... Martin
... General Railen
... Dr Bradley (as Kieren Hutchinson)
... Leo
... Kimi
... McNeil
... Ethan
... FBI Director Thompson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Bomber Pilot
... Alberto
David Kiiskinen ... Marine #3
Maynor Lopez ... Iranian / Mexican Villager
... Iranian Man
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When Earth's magnetic poles begin reversing, David Terran, the only scientist who predited the possibility of such a sci-fi disaster, must join forces with his estranged friend and lover to save the world. Though his writings found mass readership, scientists scoffed at his theories. But when an Iranian underground nuclear test sets off a global phenomenon that matches David's doomsday scenario, he must attempt to find a solution in order to avoid a catastrophic event of global proportions. -dpeavy

Scientist David Terran has written bestsellers about the dangers of Earth's magnetic fields, but his unconventional theories have made him a joke amongst his colleagues. Even his best friend, Martin Ward, refuses to take David's scientific ideas seriously. Denied the respect he deserves, David gives up on his career and retreats to a remote cabin to live out his days alone with his father. Meanwhile, halfway across the globe, the Iranian government has begun a series of rogue nuclear tests ...

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Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image | See all certifications »
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6 June 2008 (USA)  »

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Deadly Shift  »

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$1,628, 8 June 2008, Limited Release

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$2,377, 29 June 2008
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Polar Opposites...more like bipolar
22 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Take one part lousy script, add painfully poor acting and turtle-slow pacing, then mix in some cheesy special effects and plenty of stock Air Force footage and you get Polar Opposites. This direct-to-the-Here! Channel exercise tries to position itself as a gay disaster movie but only ends up a disaster.

The film takes a long time time go anywhere - thanks to a mother lode of uninteresting sub plots. By the time the film gets moving, you frankly won't care. The magnetic poles on the earth are changing due to an atomic blast in Iran (oh, how topical). The movie is all downhill from that point. To make sure you get the point, the whole magnetic field concept is explained several times...in once case by using a battery and a tangerine.

See the crazy cancer patients in the free clinic endure earthquake after earthquake. See the lone scientist (didn't the actor play Mr Sheffield on "The Nanny" TV show?) who has the disaster all figured out but no one will believe him. See the scientist bicker with his live-in dad using some of the worst dialog ever put on film. See the "exciting" earthquake sequences when it is so painful obvious someone is simply shaking the camera and the falling debris is Styrofoam. See the top Army general try to make sense of what is going on and then try to stop an atomic attack on Iran (oh, how topical again).

I wish I could explain the ending but I am still scratching my head trying to make sense of it. As for the gay angle, there in one brief man-to-man kiss at the end of the film. So if you are looking for frolicking cute guys, you will not find any in "Polar Opposites." You have much better things to do than watch this mess. Go wash your hair, cut the front lawn or use a tangerine to explain to your kids about the magnetic forces around the earth.


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