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Avg. Rating: 2.5
Low ranking but hold on
Gee, it was until I watched this movie when I became able to understand why some reviewers get so angry at some movies or novels. I had never seen characters as stupid, immature and obnoxious as the ones from this product. I've been open minded to several movies -you can see it in my reviews- but this one was too much, and this time I do agree with all reviewers who have disliked this product for the same reason I just mentioned. Do you think we are exaggerating? Check just two small pieces:
-In one scene, a girl and her dad found a town buried by an earthquake. She insisted on hearing some music from the ground, so his dad went to search to look for people to help, but then she asked her dad why he went when there's nobody, and keept bothering all along. Did she have X-rays to see underground? Anyway, this perfectly rich-spoiled-brat would definitively win -if existed- the Jerk Nobel prize and graduate with top honors from PhD jerk studies from Harvard.
-In another scene, the California's governor's top assistant gets her couple throwing a fir over the phone and calling her repeatedly about why they don't have children (or else, I don't care) while the earthquakes eat California and Washington.
The movie starts with a big array of people acting up and demanding attention for themselves while caring nothing whatsoever about other people's problems, no matter there's an emergency state. The classical monsters like vampires, dragons, demons and the like are nothing compared with the stuff you see in this movie. Later on, as anybody can image, everybody is asking forgiveness and telling how much they actually loved each other, over and over all along the movie. I like emotions in movies for sure, but this was plain disgusting to me..specially for 3 hours! But if this is the type of scenes you like, you'll get tons of it in here! And you'll rank it 5 starts! As for me, I really thank the ones who invented the DVDs which allow speeding movies up so I don't need to put up with so much baloney as I would with the old VHS. Today we can see only what we want from a movie. Well, let's pass to the interesting parts.
This movie seems to be a reply to the current anti-fear-mongering wave I've noticed lately. This wave is led by Conservative (or the like) people. The top example could be Michael Crichton's (creator of Jurassic Park, ER, Rising Sun, Sphere, etc) latest novel "State of Fear" and his web site where he displays a big deal of arguments and critics against all the media that keep the whole world under constant fear about everything. But this movie shows the government risking millions of people in order to avoid general panic. So, the government initially rejects the fear-mongers who predict huge catastrophes. This is interesting but it's still a movie and what I've read from Michael Crichton and others is likely to be real. At least the movie writers seem to have done some decent research. Moreover they did well in presenting all predictions and solutions in the movie as speculations. It was actually interesting hearing the scientific arguments of Dr. Hill who sees the problems and solutions. That may have been good hard science fiction.
Unfortunately these interesting aspects were far from the movie's core, which was emotions and more wild emotions with lots of people caring and caring....no matter they oppose actual solutions...all the time. You'll see that some people get to be evacuated and then the president (so charmingly caring) wants to let them go back home immediately but Dr. Hill has to convince him to wait ridiculous 24 hrs to make things sure. This was too off real world as well.
Regarding the special effects, some people didn't like them but I did. If this is what you're looking for I strongly advise you to speed the movie all the time without action scenes, which in fact are not many. You can tell this was made for TV in several scenes. Some people thought that it was too long as a movie, but once again, it all depends on what you like. If you like emotions and special effects, this shouldn't matter to you, other wise keep away from wasting your time with this thing.
Visual Effects are AWESOME!!!
This movie has everything! Action, romance, adventure, and did I mention VISUAL EFFECTS!!! Very good movie, I would watch over and over again.
I've seen better, I've seen worse.
Which version of "10.5" were all of you watching? Yes I will admit it wasn't the greatest disaster movie out there and some of the special effects were obviously fake ( like that scene when the quake swallowed the moving train.) , but I give it 3 stars (3 as in I thought it was Ok) . From what everyone who reviewed this movie said, it made me think that it was a horrible piece of crap. I have seen better disaster movies and I have seen worse disaster movies. It must have been sort of boring to me because I fell asleep for about � an hour in the middle of it, but when I woke up it didn't seem like I missed anything. This movie did have the clich�s you would expect from a made for TV movie, but its just one of those movies where you can sit back, shut your brain off, get a bag of popcorn, and enjoy. Don't try to anaylyse it. IT"S A FREAKING MOVIE!!!
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