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Movie Review - 2012: Supernova

Updated on August 6, 2010

It's the End of the World -Sorta

 “When a star in a nearby galaxy becomes unstable and goes supernova, an astrophysicist puts together a dangerous and desperate plan to shield the Earth from the destructive burst of radiation heading toward it.”

It’s time for another End of the World movie from Disaster Girl. I’ve seen better and I’ve seen worse destruction of the world. Unfortunately this doesn’t fall into the former category which is a shame since it’s a decent concept. My grip is about the lack of information on the cause of the disaster. What’s coming where to do what? The movie starts with them knowing it’s coming for at least a year or more and they are now down to the final couple days before a supernova wave is suppose to arrive and wipe out all life on earth.

This is a unique idea but not properly explained. It took a little too long to find out the plan is to launch nuclear warheads and explode the near the earth’s magnetic field to act as a shield against the lethal radiation that will destroy the earth. Again, a nice enough concept but little information on that aspect other than they’re doing it.

Then there are the effects of this unusual event. There is extreme heat, lightening storms, tornados, earthquakes and something that is causing communications breakdowns . Out in space you see whole moons being destroyed by this the supernova energy/plasma (gamma radiation as we learn about an hour into the movie) wave? There is a lot of things they don’t say which I find rather annoying. If you are going to destroy the world I want some detail and explanations.

A real angel.
A real angel.
Seriously lucky girls.
Seriously lucky girls.

I love Brian Krause no matter what he’s in. However, this must have been a case of him really needing the money. He used to have better taste back when he was on Charmed. He didn’t get his but kicked nearly as badly as he did. It was clearly no secret who was doing the kicking. You have an oriental scientist who disagrees where this nuclear shield is supposed to go. You hear a female voice every time she hits the wall.

Heather McComb plays his wife and Najarra Townsend plays his wife and daughter respectively. Though it’s not clear whether or not Tina is Laura’s daughter or her stepdaughter. Much of the movie spends it time following them in their flight to safety. They never make it, but they survive anyway.

It went boom but....
It went boom but....

How our hero survives is left as one major mystery. He’s alone on this space station he puts in the path of the supernova wave and you see it come right at him. You see the station blow up. Yet he makes it safely to earth. We don’t see how. Even I can’t come up with a plausible explanation on how that was achieved.

The movie was okay but it could have been a lot better. Rental is your friend.


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      Susan Keeping 8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Well done. I think I'll pass on that movie :)