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Meteor Apocalypse

TITLE: Meteor Apocalypse

YEAR: 2010

GENRE: Science Fiction

Most nerd movie buffs are aware of The Asylum film company and their over the top SyFy Channel monster epics such as Mega Shark Vs Crocosaurus and Mega Piranha, but the company also has an offshoot company called Faith Films which creates projects for the evangelical Christian market. Christian film making is one of the largest segments of the independent film world: Sherwood Pictures has created several mega successful Christian films including Raising The Giants and Fireproof, the FilmDistrict independent low budget release Soul Surfer was a surprise 2011 summer hit, and the critically panned yet financially successful Left Behind is still a popular rental among evangelical Christians. Like other Asylum projects, Faith Films follows in the production footsteps of its parent company by using washed up actors, cheap effects, and scripts filled with plot holes so the quality between the two companies is pretty similar. This is the case with Meteor Apocalypse, a tepid potboiler that delivers a downright boring storyline and lackluster production values.

A comet is determined to have a direct hit trajectory with the Earth, so the leaders of the world decide that each country that has a nuclear arsenal will launch missiles at the comet to destroy the unwelcome piece of space rock. The plan backfires however, as the bombs blow up the comet but creates the ultimate meteor shower that reins down on the planet especially the western half of the United States. During the meteor bombardment David Dematti (Joe Lando), his wife Kate (Claudia Christian), and his daughter Allison (Madison McLaughlin) become separated at a quarantine station in Las Vegas and Kate and Allison end up in Los Angeles. David discovers his family’s relocation and escapes to find his loved ones. While gathering supplies he runs across an injured Lynn Leigh (Cooper Harris), who has been partially poisoned from the infected groundwater due to the meteors. The two work their way to Los Angeles, only to discover that most of the City Of Angels has been wiped out from the meteor shower from Hell. Did Kate and Allison survive, and if they did can David find them amidst the destruction?

What bogs down Meteor Apocalypse is the fact that the storyline holds back way too much and makes a major effort to only appeal to its die-hard Christian base, and the result is a storyline that is ultra-conservative in its approach and comes across as downright mind-numbing. Very little happens here in between the first and last ten minutes of the film other than David and Lynn roaming through desert terrain and having limited, unmemorable conversations. The special effects are limited and poorly executed, although the outer space comet scenes in the beginning are acceptable in their execution considering the film’s small budget. The last few minutes are almost ridiculous in its sappy nature and puts the film on the level of a Lifetime Channel production. None of the acting is overly inspired and it seems like Lando and Harris are mostly there for the paycheck. On the positive, the production values are surprisingly good and the filming and sound are quite well done. In addition, the Christian aspect is there in terms of the clean viewing but the film does not have any preachy moments or altar calls so the unconverted can watch and not feel intimidated by the faith-oriented content.

Faith Films has a few other Christian based sci-fi films including Countdown: Jerusalem and 2012 Doomsday that can be defined as mockbusters in the vein of other Asylum productions. I am hoping that the other films are better, as Meteor Apocalypse is fairly well made considering its budget but the storyline is flat and listless. Meteor Apocalypse does receive a B for its effort, but an F for its execution. There are many other sci-fi and horror films that are family-oriented yet interesting to watch compared to this borefest.

* 1/2


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