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10.5 Apocalypse

A movie directed by John Lafia

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10.5: Apocalypse - 2006

  • Nov 9, 2009
Pros: lots of fun computer junk

Cons: who decided to make Beau Bridges president of the US?

The Bottom Line: The disaster movie to beat out all disaster movies

My logical mind tells me that movies like 10.5: Apocalypse are a bunch of fabricated baloney slices but my inside voice tells me, writers aren’t that damn smart - this information has to come from somewhere, even if it is distorted. This movie is the colossal disaster movie, a follow up to the 2004 release 10.5 which told of a humongous earthquake hitting LA. By any measure, that is a sizeable sizematic reading. I never watched the original release, so I am going only on bits of information fed us throughout this movie.

Since I didn’t see the first one, I assume the opening shots of people scurrying about in the wake of disaster are located in some third world country. Little did I know it was the remains of LA I was seeing. In the midst of this madness, we catch the first look at our heroine, Dr. Samantha Hill, who has been summoned to Denver by the President. Located in Denver is the United States Geological Survey headquarters and the Pres wants Dr. Sam to run the situation for him.

What situation you ask. Thank heavens you wanted to know because I’d hate to miss the opportunity to divulge the impending disasters:
~Mt. St. Helens is erupting … again
~Bald Mountain, Sun Valley, ID erupts … hundreds buried in ash
~Monument Valley floods
~Lake Mead boils, yes boils, making Hoover Dam explode and laying waste to everything
~Las Vegas is swallowed by a huge, and quickly moving, fissure burying all the casinos, egad!
~Mt. Rushmore dissolves
~Hawaii is swamped … although, somehow, everyone was evacuated [to where in 20 minutes?]
~The Chalk Pyramids, Kansas, turn into acid leaking earth
~And, oh, yeah, the largest nuclear storage facility EVER is in the direct path of the fissure

That is just a few of the highlights. The idea is the Accelerated Plate Movement, lovingly referred to as APM, was first investigated by Dr. Sam’s father. Back when he worked for USGS and was the geological darling. For some reason, not disclosed, they had a parting of ways and now he has a decided hard-on for that government agency and chucked it all to become a professional poker player. Oh, the irony of it all. Of course, this means he is in Vegas at a tournament and must be rescued, by Pres orders, to return to Denver and the loving arms of his estranged daughter so they can both join forces and save the world. All that and no costume, cape, or mask. Dang.

Can you believe this? This was nominated for the Saturn award for Best Presentation on Television at the 2007 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Rating runs around the PG-13 area. Written and directed by John Lafia.

Two things I could accept. Kim Delaney and Frank Langella, the mother/father geologists, saving the world. Either one of them could save my world anytime. Kim’s looking a bit rough though, Frank as suave as ever. The one thing that frightened me, Beau Bridges as the US President. Save me! Dean Cain appeared as well as one of the FEMA volunteers, part of a brother duo and, imagine, he was the hot-headed, don’t listen to orders one. Go figure.

Lots of jerky camera work. Every type, size, and model of helicopter ever made. And the most intriguing computer gizmos ever. Run time: 169 minutes so pop the big bag of corn.

Now the thing that really bothers me, these are natural disasters. We have no control over them and no way to protect ourselves. Damn that inside voice.


This is decidedly Lean-n-Mean


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Bursting with special effects, the made-for-television film comes as the sequel to the hit 2003 TV miniseries 10.5. Also starring Kim Delaney and once again directed by John Lafia, 10.5 APOCALPSE begins with a 10.5-grade earthquake ripping apart the West Coast. But for a team of researchers, government officials, and scientists (played by an all-star cast that includes Beau Bridges, Dean Cain, and Frank Langella), the trouble is just beginning.
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Director: John Lafia
Release Date: 2006
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment (August 01, 2006)
Runtime: 2hr 49min
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