"Megafault" is a disaster film from Syfy (formerly known as the Sci Fi Channel), starring late Brittany Murphy as Dr. Amy Lane, a scientist trying to stop the global disaster caused by an enormous earthquake. Though the premise looks like some Roland Emmerich movie, "Magafault" is far less entertaining with an impossible storyline, cheesy effects and inept direction. The horrible film is, however, not without entertainment value in an "Ed Wood" kind of way.
I don't want to repeat the story here. In short, it is about a big fault destroying the whole country. A huge fissure runs, swallowing up people (about 20 or more), destroying buildings (created by cheesy computer graphics), while our heroes and heroine are desperate to save their family, and save the day, too. This is a familiar format so poorly executed that some parts of it have become an unintentional comedy.
I don't need scientific accuracy in this kind of action films, but when a crack in the ground starts chasing a tank truck in the two-lane road accompanied by lots of explosions (fake ones, I guess), there is something wrong with the script. The huge fissure runs across America, from east to west, hitting some of the big cities while seismologists talk about the possibility of "stopping" the quake. With this silly story and boring actions, "Megafault" doesn't have a chance from the beginning.
The cast includes such talented actors as Brittany Murphy, Eriq La Salle and Bruce Davison. They are doing their best with what they have been given, and should not be blamed. Sadly this is the last TV production for Brittany Murphy, who passed away on December 20, 2009.
The film is directed by David Michael Latt, co-founder of The Asylum, one of the most prolific independent studio producing straight-to-DVD titles such as "Transmorphers," "The Day the Earth Stopped" and "2012 Doomsday."