The company Helios World Inc. has come up with a way to harness the power of solar flares for clean, unlimited energy. But, CEO Jonathon (Greg Evigan, B.J. and the Bear) has ignored the repeated warnings of a scientist that helped develop the technology. The head physicist is now Michael Edwards (Lou Diamond Phillips, SGU Stargate Universe) and he’s completely unaware of the issues that relate to the experiment that he and his team are about to conduct at the opening of Metal Tornado. Especially the final warning that Jonathon receives as the test is underway.
As the title suggest the experiment goes awry and 2% of the energy is lost. This 2% goes off and creates a tornado sized vortex of magnetized energy that collects any metal within its path as it travels across the countryside. As evidence comes in of this occurrence to Michael, he goes investigates. In the meantime, Jonathon, refusing to believe that Helios World is behind the incidences reported to him by Michael, gives the go-ahead to their French division to conduct the same experiment over there. In time, both Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Paris, France are in danger of being torn to pieces by huge swirling masses of metal.
Firstly, I must admit that Metal Tornado isn’t the major crapfest I was expecting. Director, Gordon Yang does help distract the audience to the fact that this film is as cheap as it is. At least when it comes to the break-neck pace and the coverage he gets with every scene. Its main problems come with Yang’s inability to maintain any tension or even a sense of fun. I respect it for wanting to be a serious-minded thriller; but even those kinds of films can be fun to watch. And even though the steaks get direr as the film progresses, the tension never seems to rise as well.
I’m sure that both Phillips and Evigan saw this production as nothing more than a paycheck. It’s to their credit that they both still took their respective parts seriously and gave fine performances. This goes for all lead performers in this film as well.
Overall, this wouldn’t be a bad time-waster if there’s nothing else on cable. But it’s not worth going out of your way to catch.
Standard sound and video quality that we all have come to expect from DVDs.
And as for special features there’s nothing extra beside the trailer for the film.
Film Rating: 2 stars
DVD Rating: 1.5 stars
–Charles T. Cochran