When an energy experiment goes haywire, a rash of massive hurricanes rips across North America. A scientist must get his family to safety before the hurricanes merge, creating a "hypercane" with the power to wipe America off the map.


Daniel Lusko (as Daniel T. Lisko)


Kuang Lee (screenplay) (as K. Lee), Hank Woon Jr. (screenplay) (as Hank Woon)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Casper Van Dien ... Nathan Sims
Michael Beach ... Simon Caprisi
Sarah Lieving ... Mona Sims
Bryan Head ... Johnny Sims
Keith Meriweather ... Captain Wright
Chad Brummett Chad Brummett ... Gage
James Lawrence Sicard ... Specialist Tudor (as James Sicard)
Dale O'Malley Dale O'Malley ... Tech Oxenberg
Hayley Derryberry ... Tech Lewis
Alex Knight ... Sergeant Gentile
Jeremiah Wood Jeremiah Wood ... Science Tech #1 (as Jeremiah Z. Wood)
Lawrence Kruckeberg Lawrence Kruckeberg ... Science Tech #2 (as Lawrence 'Law' Kruckeberg)
Stephen Turselli Stephen Turselli ... Science Tech #3
Gerard Pitpitan Gerard Pitpitan ... Science Tech #4
Kim Trujillo ... Reporter


When an energy experiment goes haywire, a rash of massive hurricanes rips across North America. A special project scientist must get his family to safety before the hurricanes merge, creating a "hypercane" with the power to wipe the US off the map. Written by Anonymous

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At 24:45 Ox says "...we've got to get off the continent while there's still time". The opening scene suggests the research station is on a rig in the Gulf of Mexico; not on "the continent" at all. See more »


When Nathan is in the eye of the storm, holding on to a storm drain as the storm lifts him into the air, for a split second there is a black cable attached to his ankle and then gone; and then, just before the captain reaches out to him, there is a black cable that appears through his shirt sleeve to the drain ladder and then gone again; and then, finally, he is clearly harnessed to something at his ankle in the air because the lines are too defined under his pants leg. See more »


Gage: The reactor didn't cause this. Bad mapping caused this.
Simon Caprisi: What's that supposed to mean?
Gage: It means that F5s don't just magically appear, okay? And they're not conjured by what we did.
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"What If" in Albuquerque
4 August 2013 | by bhfrdSee all my reviews

Seriously silly, and so totally bad it's actually interesting, but maybe only to anyone who is familiar with Albuquerque, and has always wondered "what if" tornadoes, tsunami and other physically impossible weather villains were to afflict the city.

The special effects, such as the afore-mentioned storms personally following the family around in their car and then bearing down on some factory complex, combined with forest fires from above and at ground level were juvenile, and if you've ever wondered what it was like to wade across the Rio Grande past a floating corpse, then this movie is for you.

The chemistry between the pa, ma and junior is odd to say the least, and while at times their faces convey suitable chagrin at the sudden rain all over the Duke City, one does have to wonder how they can seem to drive all over, one scene being in the foothills, the next down by the river, and then suddenly they appear apparently up in the Sandia Mountains! I thought junior might have had the hots for his mom... strange dialog, and resentment towards dad.

Everyone they meet, which thankfully are few, are well-matched in terms of direction and acting abilities, although none of them ask "red or green"?

The wreckage they pass going up to the Tram area and elsewhere resemble newly-stripped autos more than anything from any accident, and the stray Pit Bull in one I think should have been a Prairie Dog.

Might be the only movie to start at the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival. Stick with "Breaking Bad", and "Lonely Are the Brave".

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1 November 2013 (Canada) See more »

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


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