An American company inadvertently unleashes a magnetic vortex on an unprepared world.

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Gordon Yang

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Jason Bourque (screenplay), Andrew C. Erin (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lou Diamond Phillips ... Michael Edwards
Nicole de Boer ... Rebecca (as Nicole Deboer)
Greg Evigan ... Jonathan Kane
Stephen MacDonald Stephen MacDonald ... Nick Edwards (as Stephen Macdonald)
John Maclaren ... Ron
Cinthia Burke ... Lisa
Sophie Gendron Sophie Gendron ... Allysa Winters
Frank Schorpion ... Greg
Alexis Maitland ... Megan
Rob Stewart ... Dennis Porter
Jon McLaren ... Shane
Sean Tucker ... Sheriff Joe Riley
Kate Drummond ... Wendy
Teri Loretto ... Marjorie
Robert Reynolds ... Stan Brooks
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Helios World Inc. aims to solve the world's energy crisis by gathering and transmitting energy from solar flares. Despite warnings of a design flaw from the developing scientist, company head Jonathan Kane pushes the project forward and unknowingly unleashes a free-ranging and self-perpetuating magnetic vortex. Only Michael Edwards, a leading scientist on the company team, thinks something might be amiss when a sizable portion of their harvested energy simply disappears. The general area thereafter discovers itself endangered by a roving and unprecedented problem growing rapidly in strength - unique, unpredictable and potentially unstoppable. As if this isn't bad enough, the Paris branch of Helios World is set to run the same flawed program and thereby birth a second voracious monster in Europe. Written by statmanjeff

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Rated PG for disaster action/peril and mild language | See all certifications »
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This movie shows many screen of China, however, it never shows in China. See more »

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Marjorie: It's too bad your bike insurance doesn't cover damage by supernatural entities.
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References Reba (2001) See more »

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Well done for low-budget, but banal and boring
27 August 2013 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

"Metal Tornado" (2011) is another Syfy creature feature, although this time the "monster" is -- you guessed it -- a metal tornado, a magnetic vortex that attracts an increasing amount of metal objects (cars, toasters, etc.) and moves about according to an iron vein under the earth.

Aside from the protagonist Lou Diamond Phillips and Kate Drummond, the latter as a barely seen biker babe, the cast is blasé (although the youth who plays Diamond's son is good). Nicole de Boer is also on hand.

As noted in my title blurb, "Metal Tornado" is surprisingly well done for a made-for-TV creature feature; unfortunately it's unmemorable. There's nothing about it that makes it standout from the scores of similar TV movies. Although it tries to work up suspense, it lacks drive, and it's definitely NOT horrifying. Ultimately, it just comes across as hackneyed and forgettable.

"Metal Tornado" is only worth viewing if you have a preference for one or more of the cast members and you have an unquenchable hunger for these types of trite movies.

The story takes place in Pennsylvania, with many shots of Philadelphia (and some of Paris), but the film was shot in Ottawa.

The runtime is 90 minutes.

GRADE: C-


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Canada

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English

Release Date:

22 July 2011 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Magnetické tornádo See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Capital Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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