Tuesday, May 11, 2010

MEGAFAULT

The late Brittany Murphy stars, along with Eriq La Salle (ER) and Bruce Davison (X-MEN), in the all-too-timely and all-too-terrible SyFy microbudget disaster flick, MEGAFAULT (2009).

Murphy is apparently America's only seismologist, and she's called in to investigate when an earthquake strikes rural Kentucky, and threatens to "break the country in half." With the help of demolition expert La Salle, a brave helicopter pilot (Asylum vet Paul Logan, TERMINATORS) and her bureaucratic boss Davison, she has to come up with a way to stop the destruction - and being a SyFy movie, you know that's going to involve a satellite with a freeze ray....

Oh my. MEGAFAULT (someone at The Asylum really likes that prefix, "mega") is a particularly ridiculous disaster melodrama with absurdly fake geology (and some wonky geography as well) and an utterly unbelievable, apparently sentient quake that seems to be quite deliberately chasing our characters! The CGI effects by Tiny Juggernaut are actually passable, in a low-budget, made for TV sort of way, but the script and performances are subpar even for a movie like this. Murphy appears (let's be charitable) distracted throughout, and La Salle looks like he wants to fire his agent. Davison does what he can with his underwritten role, and probably comes off best, but that's mild praise in this context.

Produced and distributed by The Asylum, the MEGAFAULT "Special Director's Cut" DVD sports a perfectly fine 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and both 5.1 Surround and 2.0 stereo audio options. The meager extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette, and an audio commentary by the cast and crew. There is also a Blu-Ray edition available.

Not one of The Asylum's better efforts, unfortunately, and a rather sad indication of the SyFy network's programming standards. MEGAFAULT is not recommended.

BUY: Megafault