There's no real point in discussing the movie, if that's what it is.Just because you see moving images when you press play doesn't meanit's a film. There's money here, you can tell, which makes it evenworse. So many daring, imaginative filmmakers out there would love tohave had this budget. But no, Boll is given yet another project toinsult moviegoers. When Boll makes personal appearances he does getcrowds, people just love to have their photo taken with him and get hisautograph. I'm personally offended by this practice in that it onlyencourages him. Truly bad movie making should not be praised orencouraged. There are bad films out there that are fun, we appreciatethe effort, especially if the filmmaker was sincere but fell short. Butthis is just another example of a man's insistence on his talent,confident in his abilities, arrogant in the face of audience reaction,time after time. I see in the trivia he blames the script. OK. Thismess should come with a manual and some sort of medication. Boll ismaking Zombie Massacre due out in 2010. May God Have Mercy On Our Souls
If you must see this movie, do yourself a favor and wait until it's inthe bargain bin at the video store. If there's any justice in the filmindustry, one of the main actors will be there to rent it to you.
While this movie will not win any academy awards, it was certainly muchbetter produced and acted then 99% of the Syfy produced movies scififans such as myself typically end up enduring, etc. I would give it a5-6 as a vote. The plot summary appearing on IMDb is not at allaccurate (the son never disappears amongst other things, but Luke Perrydoes play a mysterious stranger with a hidden and menacing past whichthreatens the family amidst the turmoil of the general disaster).
The actors all give reasonable performances, they are not wooden oroveracting in the manner typical of smaller budget productions. Allthree principals - Lauren Holly (very attractive), Steve Bacic and LukePerry were decent.
However, one should be aware that this is not a slam bang action flickwith all sorts of special effects, battles, etc. There is none of thatin this movie. The movie is about a small family living in a rural areaagainst the backdrop of something cataclysmic having occurred, but thehows and whats of that are never really delved into - rather the focalpoint of the story is how they are coping, the mysteries surrounding astranger who has wandered onto their property, etc.
I would deem the movie to be more of a suspense/thriller against aquasi sci-fi backdrop.
On a plus note, it did keep our attention start to finish, and we werenot hooting and hollering at grade F special effects and cheesy acting.
On a negative note, the ending was somewhat of a mystery to us. We havesome theories, but you are better off to watch the movie and come upwith your own.
I think overall this is the sort of movie actors do to keep paying thebills, but at least they gave it a decent go, and made the 90 minutesof the movie respectable rather then terrible.
I gave this film an extra star because the camera didn't go rollingdown a hill unexpectedly, there's a minimum of shaky cam work (tooexpensive for Boll?), and you can hear what everyone is saying. As faras plot, story, or acting, I'd give it one star (the IMDb minimum).
I won't even try to explain the story. You would just laugh.
As far as other issues of interest...er...hm...well, there are none. Asusual, Boll manages to sneak in just one short scene to justify an "R"rating. (It's a bit of Lauren Holly in bed, but it's completelyirrelevant to the story. Fortunately, Boll gets it out of the way inthe first five minutes. You can go on watching the rest of the moviewith confidence that you won't see anything nearly as exciting again.)
As we're all tired of pointing out, there are fresh new directors outthere who could use a little money to get a start on films withimagination. It's a sin and a shame that Boll still gets backers forturkeys like this.
Obviously complete rubbish like 'Knowing' and '2012' both have healthy6.0 ratings and this being an Uwe Boll film it's languishing at 3.5,but I have to say this was okay. Not as complete as something likeTunnel Rats, or as thought-provoking as Stoic, but interesting enoughas a low-key end of the world drama with a topical subtext.
It seemed more like an exercise in mood and atmosphere thanconventional storytelling, but the stark, washed-out imagery and thesense of desolation was enough to keep it going for the brisk 85 minuterunning time. I had to deduct some points for the ridiculous sex scenenear the beginning and the rather conventional TV movie styleperformances from Steve Bacic and Lauren Holly, but these were minorthings, really.
I was surprised that Luke Perry managed to turn in a genuinely goodperformance; something that I didn't expect from him.
In short, The Final Storm is a decent enough effort with goodatmosphere, cinematography and production design, and a deliberatelyweird/enigmatic final seemingly designed to mess with the viewer'shead. No doubt the Boll-bashers will vote it into the bottom 100 soonenough, probably without even seeing it.
This movie was sort of a deviance from Uwe Bolls usual action-packedmovies. Now, I am not saying that this is a bad movie. It just wasbuilding up suspense for something grand, but it never delivered.
The movie in itself is fairly average, there are some nice scenes, anda constant underlying sense of dread throughout the movie. But somehowthe movie never really reaches a climax. It never peaks, and just thenit is all over.
The story was sort of nice, and had sort of a semi-supernatural thinggoing on, but then suddenly turned in another direction. And then youjust sat there and wondered why. That really didn't work all that wellfor the storyline.
As for the cast and their acting. Well nothing wrong here. Lots of niceactors and actresses, and they all put on good performances. The castreally bore the movie, and kept it afloat.
Now, I am not one to bad-mouth Uwe Boll's movies, and I like hisprevious work. I just think this one didn't quite make it up to there.But still, it is not a bad movie. Quite adequate for a thriller.
There are many better thrillers out there, but give this one a chance.You might actually just like it.