Whenever I watch this movie, it's with mixed emotions since I had gotten an availability email to work on this (some where getting paid and others weren't) as an extra and it would be a dream come true to work on a disaster movie.
Then whenever I watch it (which isn't often) I'm glad that I didn't work on it.
During routine training exercises over The Red Sea, a series of fissures opens up along the Arabian peninsula destroying planes and battleships, but back on land, no one is aware of this.
Jack Jones (Barton Bund) and his children Amber (Bailey Spry) and Dylan (Joe Cipriano) are on a tour exploring caves when Amber becomes involved in a passing fancy with Tariq (Owais Ahmed) since he knows a little bit about the caves.
When the tour is over, they return to the hotel where they meet up with Diane (Jules Hartley) but before they leave the lobby, Cairo is rocked by a massive earthquake and once outside, Amber notices Tariq trapped under debris so Jack rescues him.
Within seconds, everyone knows that the Arabian peninsula has shifted dramatically, but a massive cold front is also on it's way and before you know it, torrential rain is falling.
Jack hails a cab and everyone climbs inside as they instruct the driver to take them to the airport immediately. The cab driver (Peter Malek) is arguing on the phone which causes Diane to become distressed (from here on out, the original "Karen" is born as she argues about everything) and tells him that he's frightening the children. He's not speaking in English, so how does she know what he's saying?
After driving a foot, Dylan points out that its starting to snow and before you know it, they're in traffic at the airport. The taxi driver hops out of the car as Jack sees a plane slide into another. He knows that they can't get out of the country by flying.
Tariq comes to the rescue and manages to secure a flight, but they have to get to a rendezvous point pronto and take a train (which Dylan falls off of, followed by Amber and Tariq who jumps to save them, while Jack and Diane watch). The parents also jump off and the lights from their cell phones help guide the plane in for a landing.
Everyone quickly boards and Jack figures out that Tariq is a diplomat's son and that's how they were able to get onto the military flight.
Well, that crashes and the five of them come across a group of people (who are boring and I could have cared less about them. Actually, it's usually at this point I ask myself "why am I watching this?" but I stuck it out and really could have cared less about what happened to any of them).
Since I was half watching, I had multiple questions going through my mind and I really don't think there are any solid answers.
When the movie was being filmed, all outdoor (winter) scenes were filmed in and around Detroit. Here's how movie magic is done:
After the tour of the caves, Jack, Amber and Dylan get out of the tour van and when they enter the hotel lobby, they're in Detroit (I think this is what I had gotten the email for, plus I know a couple of the camera whores).
However, the film was shot in January of 2014 during the Polar Vortex (when the high temperature was around zero) and while we did have a lot of snow at that time, I don't think that Cairo would have had that much snow fall within a few hours since it "rained" for about two minutes in the movie and reaches the top of a pyramid and take a look at the trees in the background. A weather event like this wouldn't cause all of the leaves to fall off.
And since only a few hours had passed since the earthquake, I don't know how everyone (see the traffic jam at the airport where everyone is in winter coats) and people are already dressed as refugees. Huh?
This isn't one of my go to disaster movies, but, it was made and it literally is a disaster.