With the way life is today, I don't think anything surprises us anymore and it seems like every other month, a meteor is heading toward us. Some days you just wish it would hit.
Astronomer Michelle Young (Kari Matchett) is extremely excited since the sky is going to give the folks in San Francisco a once in a lifetime event and she has all of her students looking up through their telescopes.
But she's not the only one excited about the event.
The residents of San Francisco have come out in droves at 5:17 in the morning just to catch a glimpse of the meteor shower. In fact, the streets are packed and its a very festive atmosphere.
While Michelle is pointing things out to her students, her assistant Harper (Carmen Moore) tells her that she has a phone call and when she comes into the building, she catches a glimpse of Kyle Kemper (Eric Johnson) live on air straying from the copy she sent to the TV station. She just blows it off and on the phone is her sister, Laura.
Laura (Emily Holmes) tells Michelle that she ended up dropping the kids off downtown Tom didn't come by to pick them up. After hanging up, Michelle finds out why Tom (Michael Trucco) didn't pick up the kids. He's on his motorcycle.
It's not really clear if the couple are divorced or separated, but they argue and he tells her that he'll go get them. But, before he does, Harper runs out and tells Michelle she had better come back in pronto.
As the meteor shower begins, rocks that haven't burnt up in the atmosphere are hitting buildings, cars and of course people.
Jason and Kara (Brett Dier and Kristen Zien) watch in horror as Kara's secret boyfriend, Brad (Travis Nelson) is struck. Laura tends to him and she suggests that the two take him to the hospital stat, since she needs to help other people. She is a nurse after all and can help the injured.
Michelle sees the kids on TV and tells Harper that she's going after them and since she hasn't heard from Tom, she wants to make sure that her family is safe. Those plans are put on hold when she's picked up by Colonel Jack Clancy (Viv Leacock) and whisked away to the regional office of Disaster Management Agency (where Tom is the director).
She tells Jack that she needs to find the kids and he tells her that he'll send someone out to get them.
After Kyle and his camera person Lena (Lara Gilchrist) see Tom rescue a pregnant woman (Jill Morrison) from an overturned van, he recruits them and finds the kids and Brad. He finds out that Brad is Kara's boyfriend and tells Kyle to take him to the hospital. He takes the kids back to the office where they'll be safe.
Michelle figures out that there will be another wave but tells General Brock (.Kevin McNulty) that they should be fine, since the trajectory is showing them hitting Denver, St. Louis and Washington D.C. But she's wrong as the meteors strike another part of the city.
Kyle can't Brad to the hospital, so he drops him off two blocks away from the hospital and tells him it's a short walk and he and Lena go out for more footage. He's determined to win some type of prize for his coverage of the disaster.
General Brock sends Michelle to Alcatraz and she collects some samples and on the way back, the helicopter crashes, which Kyle asks Lena if she had gotten the footage.
Having been turned away from the hospital, Laura spots Brad and takes a quick look at him. She tells him to go home and wait since another wave is on its way and off she goes to the hospital once more since there are injured people that she can help.
Tom orders martial law and while most people comply, many are still out as the next wave begins. With him out, Kara asks Ryan (Routledge) to send someone to get Brad and he says that he'll send someone out to his apartment building.
Since Ryan doesn't send anyone out for Brad, Jason and Kara sneak out of the building and make their way to Brad's apartment building.
When Tom finds out he's furious and they figure out a way to know where Brad lives, thanks to Lena and her camera.
From about this point on, the movie gets boring with (I'm sure) made up technical jargon, plus there are surprise deaths along the way.
This movie is a lot of fun and with the exception of the third act, is really good.
It offers great humor with Kyle and his quest for getting credit for the entire disaster and of course there's poor Brad who's always being abandoned. You can't help but feel sorry for him.
The downside is that the green screen effects aren't that great since you can tell when they're filming indoors as opposed to outdoors and the CGI is pretty good at some points throughout the movie.
Grab some popcorn and get ready to be entertained!