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Scorcher Review


Grim
Ripped from today's theater screens comes the latest direct-to-DVD knockoff, Scorcher, a tepid reworking of The Core.

Say what you will about using lame source material, Scorcher is laughably bad in its own right. As with Core, our meddling has caused some kind of tectonic trouble, and if the gap between two plates opens wider than 44 centimeters (yeah, whatever), then we will literally have "hell on earth" as earthquakes and volcanoes sprout up all over the planet. Uh huh. And so our hero geologists (including John Rhys-Davies, whoa nelly!), under the direction of President Rutger Hauer(!!!), are tasked with finding a solution. Naturally, that involves setting off a nuclear bomb somewhere. In the case of Scorcher, it means detonating the nuke in central Los Angeles. Sounds like an improvement to me, but whatever, after quietly evacuating the tens of millions of people who live there, a wrench involving our military co-hero (Mark Dacascos) and a kidnapped daughter gets thrown at us, not to mention crossed signals between the military dudes tasked with getting the nukes set just so.

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Gale Force Review


Terrible
I have a soft spot for reality TV, but Treat Williams' latest C-grade actioner is so bad it can't even keep a Survivor-head like me intrigued.

From the get-go, the movie is nothing but ridiculous. Williams plays a "bad boy" cop who never listens to his captain, and thus tries to take on a gang of kidnappers all by himself. He even drives his car off a suspension bridge -- and manages to land it on the pavement, still driving along!

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