Solar Attack Reviews
Fun. O.K. special effects, simulations, and visuals. Story is set at some unspecified future time but seemingly not too far hence from the present day. Interesting scenario, but this science fiction tale is not exactly based on good science-which may or may not be important for some viewers-i.e. if in fact atmospheric levels of methane and other inflammable chemicals were anywhere near those portrayed, then a mere flash of lightning, let alone a catastrophic solar CME, would be enough to ignite the air and set off a similar cascading effect. Otherwise, I liked it. This is about two ex-spouses and two rival world powers who are forced to put aside their personal and political difficulties with each another to save life on Earth from certain global extinction. Has its intense moments. Good casting and decent performances.
I rented the DVD in the hopes that this disaster movie would blame the sun, rather than you and I.
As it turned out, this piece of trash -- a poor production in every way -- was a polemic for global warming. It's fundamental premise was the hilarious assumption that the current concentration of methane gas in the atmosphere could at any moment catch fire (thanks, Mr. Sun) and burn up all the oxygen in a few minutes.
In the REAL world, methane gas has plateaued in the atmospheric concentrations. Much of the methane present is from non-manmade sources.
But most important, methane constitutes only 1.7 parts per MILLION particles in the atmosphere. You couldn't get that tiny amount of gas to ignite with a blowtorch.
This movie has two redeeming features:
1. It's only 90 minutes long -- and far shorter if you fast forward most if it, as I did.
2. It went straight to DVD. God forbid anyone would have paid good money to watch this pathetic production in a movie theatre.
For me, it was a freebie at Blockbuster (I use their mail rental service -- which is a better deal than Netflix), so I took grim satisfaction in knowing that the financiers of this bombastic piece of propaganda received almost nothing for my mildly negative review.