This is Nature Gone Wild! week. Killer Wave is currently available on instant Netflix.
AVOID: Killer Wave (2006) – Rated TV14.
“When the East Coast is devastated by a series of massive tidal waves, scientists John McAdams (Angus Macfadyen) and Sophie Marleau (Karine Vanasse) are brought in to investigate. Determining the waves have been purposely triggered, the pair uncovers a deadly global conspiracy. Bruce McDonald directs this dramatic thriller co-starring Tom Skerritt and Stephen McHattie.”
Talk. Talk. Talk. Bad Special Effects. Talk. Talk. Talk. Bad Special Effects. Talk. Talk. Talk. Bad Special Effects.
I think you get the picture. This isn’t so much bad as it is mind-numbingly boring and I’m saying that as someone who loves disaster movies. The networks know that the disaster formula is popular and keeps churning out increasingly bad miniseries. This one has barely any disaster in it.
A rogue scientist (seriously is there such a thing?) lives isolated and alone. He writes novels involving spies, setups, and weather machines. He then is setup to take the fall for an evil corporation profiting off the disasters caused by an evil weather machine.
I’m sure the writers were quite proud of their meta-concept. Unfortunately there is no suspense at all in their story. None of the characters are even remotely believable, although they take great pains to provide endless backstory for almost every one.
The acting is just fine. There are no big names (usually a staple of the genre). Angus MacFadyen (Robert the Bruce in Braveheart) is completely wasted as the star. He is a good actor but there is nothing for him to work with. The other acting is just fine (from the major players) but nothing to write about.
The real disaster of this miniseries is that there is almost no disaster in it. There are only a few shots of the eponymous Killer Wave even though it strikes numerous times. The ‘science’ is just dreadful. Basically there is no payoff for sitting through all the boring stuff.
The only good thing I can say about this, if you must see it, is that you won’t have to sit through an hour of commercials to watch this three hour miniseries. Honestly though I’d just pass – you won’t get those three hours back. I know that I won’t.
People Watch: Look for Christopher Heyerdahl (Bigfoot on Sanctuary, Marcus in Twilight: New Moon) as Stanley Schiff.