Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh
Written by: Chris Sparling
Starring: Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin , Roger Dale Floyd, Holt McCallany
Reviewed by: Brad Williamson
Disaster movie, or disastrously boring? Of course that’s being a little harsh, but equally harsh is the disappointment of a disaster movie with no thrills or tension.
I didn’t know anything about this film as I went to watch it. The scenario quickly interested me, but this intrigue was immediately offset by a cliched and uninteresting introduction to the protagonists and their friends, who ultimately have absolutely nothing to offer the film.
Also uninteresting was the film’s plot within the scenario. Full of bad decisions, unoriginal situations we’ve seen many times before, and meaningless segues, it becomes very difficult to care about any of the characters.
Butler was okay, but when the best actor of a two-hour-long film appears for less than five minutes there is a problem. We love Holt McCallany and although this isn’t the most glowing of reviews for the film, he absolutely steals the show, as he normally does. But there’s not much to like outside of these two. Baccarin is difficult to watch. Add to that how poorly her character was written and I disliked every scene she played a role in. I’m also aware that Roger Dale Floyd is just a kid, but plenty of children have played spectacular roles. I do think he might have potential, but his part was so poorly written that he never had a chance.
The movie had several problems, but the writing and screenplay were at the heart of why it was unenjoyable. When everything is average and the writing is bland, boring, and unoriginal, then the final product is going to be difficult to enjoy.