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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Anna's Storm (aka Hell's Rain)

For Mayor Anna Davenport-Baxter (Sheree J. Wilson) negotiating a city contract with Douglas Mak (Aaron Pearl) is the easiest part of her day

For Mayor Anna Davenport-Baxter (Sheree J. Wilson) negotiating a city contract with Douglas Mak (Aaron Pearl) is the easiest part of her day

When it comes to disaster movies, the main focus is obviously the impending disaster and we're given the characters who we'll either root for or hate, but this movie isn't your typical disaster movie.

Anna Davenport-Baxter (Sheree J. Wilson) isn't popular in her household right now. She's accepted a job in Chicago and her unemployed doctor husband Jack (Peter LaCroix) and daughter Emily (Desiree' Loewen) aren't thrilled about it. Especially Emily.

She's upset that she's going to be leaving her boyfriend Seth Corbin (Graham Wardle) behind and they haven't "gone all the way."

Primarily, Anna is looking for a new start in life since they've recently lost their son Ricky (Zak Ludwig) and Jack couldn't save him. Everyone feels as though his death was their fault.

Since Anna is the mayor of Cottonwood, her rival Clint Corbin (Scott Hylands) is on the ballot for a special election and he's having problems of his own with Seth, who won't acknowledge his estranged mother.

Anyway, when Anna gets to the office, the city workers have gone on strike and she and the head of the union Douglas Mak (Aaron Pearl) although friends, are at odds with one major sticking point. She's willing to give him what the union wants, but the council is holding up negotiations.

With Anna getting ready to leave town and office, she takes a box of pictures to the Welcome Center where Douglas' wife Miriam (Kirsten Robek) works. They reminisce while she's going through the photos when a meteor strikes the town just as Anna's left the building.

Miriam is trapped under the rubble and Ricky's best friend Tyler (Willem Jacobson) is trapped in his mom Janet's (Eileen Barrett) flipped over SUV.

For a small town, the emergency response time is fast, and Miriam and Tyler are sent to the hospital.

A few more space stones hit the town and Anna races to the cafe' where Emily works. She finds out that Emily had left work early with Seth but doesn't know where the two went.

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At the hospital, emergency room Dr. Julie O'Ryan (Sarah-Jane Redmond) barks orders and condemns the staff as it's her way or the highway. Anna begs Jack to go back to the hospital and she tells him that she'll look for Emily.

Well, Emily and Seth were on their way to his grandfather's cabin, and he's pinned under a tree as Emily tries to rescue him. After typing some rope to the tree and the car, they hope to pull the tree off of him. The problem here is his car is a manual and she doesn't know how to drive a stick (she probably doesn't know cursive either).

Clint tells Anna that he had put a tracker on his car and when they get a signal, the two go into the mountains, but then they notice that it's moving as another meteor hits the road.

Anna is in communication with Tad (Kevin McNulty) at the Center for Emergency Response and he tells her that the worst is yet to come, and they only have about half an hour before a big meteor is to hit Cottonwood. She had hoped to have Tyler and Miriam flown out of the hospital, but Tad tells her that everything has been grounded.

She goes on the radio and delivers the grim news about the impending disaster and says that she wants her final moments to be with her family and friends at the church and everyone is welcome to join them.

I think what really sets this movie apart from other disaster movies is that you really do care about all of the characters. They all have their own "storms" to deal with and while there is a moral to the story, it's that you never know what other people are going through and that everyone should be kind to one another.

With Anna, her "storms" are the loss of a child, her family slowly falling apart and the demands of her job, all while dealing with adversity with a false smile on her face and not really letting those around her know what's really going on in her head.

For a disaster movie, this was really deep.

Note: While I included a link for the DVD, I'm not sure if it's in English or not since it doesn't look as though it was released in the United States.




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