Collision Earth (BLU-RAY)

Collision Earth

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Running Time: 
90 minutes
Didn't I Just See That?

If you pay close attention during the scenes where automobiles are sucked into the sky, you may notice one of the vehicles is taken repeatedly.

People generally know what to expect when it comes to SyFy original movies.  Poor quality acting? Check. Some of the cheapest special effects seen on cable? Check.  A film so bad that it's good?  Not this time. From the director of "esteemed" films Ice Quake and Stonehenge Apocalypse comes Collision Earth, a piece of cinema that will have you wishing for a legitimate extinction event.

The story begins with our Sun somehow becoming a magnetar (a magnetic star) which knocks Mercury out of its orbit and hurtling towards Earth.  As the former lead scientist of the secret planetary defense system codenamed "Project 7," Dr. Preston (Kirk Acevedo, Fringe) must figure out how to reinstall the defense system to save our planet. Simultaneously, members of the space shuttle Nautilus 5 (including Diane Farr, Californication) are fighting to survive as they were orbiting near Mercury when all hell broke loose.  The incoming planet knocks Earth's magnetic field out of whack raining asteroids on the landscape and sucking metallic objects into the sky.
As a diehard fan of the Critters series growing up, that should be evidence enough that I love a good B-movie.  Inviting friends over and having a laugh while watching terrible films is always a good time.  However, that fun is lost when the film takes itself too seriously or fails to inject any level of passable humor a la Collision Earth.  A bad movie is easily recognizable when it lazily relies on terrible dialogue to setup its plot. In this case it was Dr. Preston conducting a lecture on how "Project 7" needed to be reinstated for the benefit of Earth right at the onset of the film.  Speaking of bad, let's not ignore SyFy's signature cheap special effects.  The objects being sucked into the atmosphere are so fake that you can clearly pick them out upon introduction to the scene.  Cars also fall back to Earth to kill characters at random, so be on the lookout for that convenient twist.
Oddly enough, the sound and picture quality are some of the best I've seen on Blu-Ray. No special features are included, which is a godsend as I doubt anyone involved in the making of this film would want to revisit it.  I struggle recommending this to even the most diehard of SyFy original movie fans due to the lack of extra features.  If you are at all interested in Collision Earth and the amount of self-torture involved with it, I suggest merely catching a replay on SyFy.
Cody Endres
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