- Actors: Mark Dacascos, John Rhys-Davies, Tamara Davies, Mark Rolston, Rutger Hauer
- Directors: James Seale
- Writers: Graham Winter, Rebecca Morrison, Steve Latshaw
- Producers: Don Dunn, Lisa M. Hansen, Neil Elman, Paul Hertzberg
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Buena Vista
- Release Date: Sept. 7 2004
- Run Time: 91 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00009OOFI
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,071 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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In the thrilling tradition of THE CORE and INDEPENDENCE DAY, SCORCHER stars Mark Dacascos (CRADLE 2 GRAVE, CHINA STRIKE FORCE), Rutger Hauer (CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND), and John Rhys-Davis (THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, INDIANA JONES trilogy) in an action-packed adventure where extraordinary heroes take on the ultimate fight to save the world! In the wake of a horrible nuclear accident, devastating natural disasters abound as the Earth's massive tectonic plates shift violently and unnaturally. To stop the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that are leading up to an inevitable doomsday catastrophe, scientists decide that a nuclear bomb must be detonated in Los Angeles! From there, the fate of the world and the safety of its inhabitants rest with Ryan Beckett (Dacascos) and his elite team, who must pull off this do-or-die race against time.
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At least we can all be thankful to have a disaster film that doesn’t reunite a divorced couple in the effort to save the world, although we do have the equally clichéd situation of Colonel Beckett (Mark Dacascos) trying to find his estranged daughter while also pulling off a bold and risky mission. And of course you have the bickering father and daughter team of Dr. Matthew Sallin (John Rhys-Davies) and Julie McGrath (Tamara Davies) just happening to be the world’s leading experts on this type of global disaster. Throw in an insane religious nut trying to do his part to purge the earth of sinners and a special agent willing to let life on the planet be exterminated in order to settle a personal grudge, and you’ve got Scorcher.
Needless to say, Scorcher is a most forgettable disaster movie that leaves you asking Why? on far too many occasions. As far as special effects go, it looks just like the low-budget made-for-cable movie that it is. Sure, there is some entertainment value at watching a poorly written disaster flick play out, but Scorcher never even begins to approach “so bad it’s good” status. Unless you’re like me and feel compelled to watch every disaster movie you can get your hands on, just give this one a pass.
The acting is consistantly horrible, not because of the quality of the actors, but the script is like wading shoulder deep through molasses.
The storyline is bad on so many levels that a thesis could be written on it. Rutger Hauer as the president??? What were they thinking? And please, at least give him a jacket that fit. Their command center is an abandoned soundstage?? Where were all the extras to help fill out the movie? You see the same people over and over. Also could you develop at least one character? Ah never mind!
Scorcher should be made a requisite at all film schools as a good example of a bad example so others can learn what a good example is.
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