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Greenwood (Sean Tyson) and Pete (Ryan Merriman) await the arrival of the president on the 4th of July

Greenwood (Sean Tyson) and Pete (Ryan Merriman) await the arrival of the president on the 4th of July

If War of the Worlds, Independence Day and Mars Attacks! ever mated, this movie would be the end result of their tryst.

Touted as a "disaster movie," this film is very misleading.

It's the 4th of July and the folks in Moose Ridge are having fun celebrating the day and as a special surprise, the president (Tom Everett Scott) is coming home for a visit.

Meeting him at a secluded point are his brother Pete (Ryan Merriman), his son Andrew (Keenan Tracey), Andrew's friends Eliza (Andrea Brooks) and Nick (Casey Dubois) and Pete's co-worker Greenwood (Sean Tyson).

While they're standing around waiting, the earth begins to shake and these drill like cylinders rise from the ground. However, in the air, the presidents helicopter is attacked by these flying saw things.

The saw things are on a mission to destroy the planet and they effectively wipe out Moose Ridge but not the script.

Sensing danger, the secret service whisk away Andrew, Nick and Eliza and head to the closest military base. They'll be fine there and with the death of Greenwood, Pete heads toward town, where he picks up Celia Leyman (Emily Holmes) who now has proof that the aliens had contacted them.

She tries to prove this to Pete and after getting through to him, he tells her that they should go to the military base as well since the kids were headed in that direction.

After the president's helicopter was shot down, those in Washington, particularly Vice Present Brubaker (Garwin Sanford) promotes himself since he knows that the president is dead. He argues with Spears (Jill Teed) and sets to put his plans into action.

Not so fast, Brubaker.

President Garsette is alive ! and stumbles upon a barn where he meets computer hacker Todd (Lain Belcher). Todd doesn't know if he can help him, but he does bring him up to date as to what's happening, and he calls in his big gun, Leni (Grace Sherman) because she's a way better hacker than he is.

Leni manages to hack into the government computers and the president is able to get in touch with Brubaker and Spears before the transmission is lost.

With chaos all around, Pete and crew manage to stumble across the barn and he's reunited with his brother.

Now everyone leaves the barn to take on the aliens and Celia finds a kindred spirit in Eliza since the men don't know what she's talking about. Eliza says that physics is a hobby of hers.

They manage to fight back, while in Washington, Brubaker continues to enact his plan just as some more phallic cylinders drill their way to the surface.

While nuclear missiles are able to destroy some of the saw things, survivors back on earth are treated to a spectacular fireworks display.

Knowing that they've saved the planet, everyone breathes a sigh of relief and hugs, while the Mothership drifts closer to earth.

Had this been described more of a science fiction movie, chances are I probably wouldn't have watched it, but I was under the impression that there would have been more disaster and carnage.

Most of the acting is over the top and for the most part this is a very cliched story. I'm not really sure why the aliens picked Moose Ridge, but they did.

Also, I'm not a fireworks fan, but Pete's setting them off left and right and even holds one as it's lit. Had something gone wrong, any outtakes would have made good PSA's regarding the dangers of fireworks.

While its open for a sequel, it's a good thing that nothing has been written yet, but I'm sure there's a completed script somewhere.


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