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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Shockwaves

Peter (Howard J. Davey) grabs hold of the bridge railing to avoid the CGI crack. He also jumps over some cracks earlier in the film.

Peter (Howard J. Davey) grabs hold of the bridge railing to avoid the CGI crack. He also jumps over some cracks earlier in the film.

It's very rare that the marketing team of a film gets any recognition and for once, I have to give them the recognition that they deserve, since they drew me into this fiasco of a movie. They lied by saying this was an action movie, but it's more on the comedic side.

As with most bad disaster movies, our married couple Peter (Howard J. Davey) and Gwen (Charlie Esquer) are having marital problems and she's taking their daughters Erica (Sarah T. Cohen) Hannah (Meg Matthews) and Alice (Beatrice Fletcher) for a girl's weekend over to her friend Amanda's (Chrissie Wunna) cabin in the forest. She tells Peter that the divorce papers are on the counter.

Before Peter makes it to his seismology office, hiker (Rhys Waterfield) calls his friend and tells him that he's in the same place where they went hiking a few years earlier. While on the phone, there's some rumbling and he sees a CGI landslide heading his way (the same landslide will appear again).

Gwen and the girls pull over and they see some boulders tumble down the side of a hill and unphased, they head onto Amanda's.

Peter gets to work and his co-workers, Jim (Stephen Staley) and Kevin (Marcus Massey) make fun of him when he looks at the maps. They constantly tease him about his earthquake research and a slight tremor hits.

Gwen and the girls make it to Amanda's, and she tells them that she's made a reservation for them to go caving. The girls don't want to go, so Gwen and Amanda head off to the cave and the girls go to the lake.

After another tremor, Peter tells everyone that they have to leave the city because a huge earthquake is going to hit in about six hours. Jim says he can't leave because Kevin (who was killed in the elevator) is bringing him coffee. Unfortunately, no one heard the elevator plummet.

The tremor startles Amanda and Gwen, along with their guide Stan (Richard Harfst) and his daughter Erin (Danielle Ronald). Since the tremor amounted to nothing, they continue into the bowels of the cave.

Since the girls were previously around in the forest (and Peter now has to get to them because this is where the epicenter is going to be) they start waving to a man across the lake to warn him that a boulder is heading toward him. After witnessing his demise, they go back to the cabin.

Peter drives around trying to warn the authorities, but no one will listen, and he calls Dr. Meredith Collins (Amanda Jade-Tyler) since she has more pull. She's been following his research and tells him to bring his family to the bunker and be there no later than ten minutes before the quake hits. Again, he doesn't have an exact time, just six hours.

He's able to get in touch with the girls and gives them this advice: get food, water and hide under the table. So, they go into the kitchen to forage food and yes, they hang out under the table.

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Gwen, Amanda, Stan and Erin are trapped in the cave.

Peter stops the car and calls out to a man wandering around in the countryside and as he waves, the man waves back before the wayward boulder kills him.

He's carjacked and later a lady stops. He tells her about the impending quake, and she gives him the car, telling him that she's led a good life. She just stands in the road as he drives off, but he tells her that she should go home and get under a table.

After getting the girls, another landside hits Amanda's cabin and since the girls don't know where the cave is, he manages to find it along with some dynamite and blasts the way for Gwen and the others.

Well, they make it to the bunker and the quake strikes, but there's no damage to the bunker and Gwen wants to go outside. Dr. Collins doesn't recommend it, but the family leaves anyway and we can only hope that the two have made up following their traumatic day in the country.

Everything about this movie is so bad.

For one thing, the acting is horrible, but nothing compares to Davey's wooden acting. A log would have been more believable.

Also, the editing is bad and it's evident when Davey's on the phone talking with the authorities and Tyler. Nothing synchs up and lines are repeated.

As far as a disaster?

Well, nothing really happens except the cast shakes and then they hug one another while whimpering.

The entire movie takes place in the wilderness (which the scenery is beautiful) but the sad CGI takes you out of the scene.

I've seen bad disaster movies before and this one is probably the worst that I've ever been a witness to and I really don't recommend it, unless you're looking for a good laugh and bad acting.


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