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Movie review: Exploding Sun

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Movie review: Exploding Sun


As space travel is commercialized the types of propulsion used in spacecraft becomes more varied and dangerous. When a commercial shuttle is hit by a solar storm the unconventional engine is damaged sending the ship on a collision course with the sun that will destroy Earth.

David Elliott (Don), Anthony Lemke (Craig), Natalie Brown (Cheryl), Alex Weiner (Reggie), John Maclaren (Alan), Bruce Dinsmore (Roebling), Frank Schorpion (President), Julia Ormond (Joan), Robert Crooks (JJ).

Exploding Sun kicks off a bit slow with some background and character development before the plot starts to show itself but even then, this is a made for TV movie so things move at a slow pace. There are enough parallel side-stories adding drama to the film that it stays fairly interesting but also feels unfocused at times. Add in a few twists toward the end and the film finishes with the requisite happy-ever-after ending we all knew was coming.

Acting could have used a little help in this one. Elliott was billed in a lead role but felt like he just walked in to fill a slot once the plot was presented. Lemke was interesting but felt like he was being limited throughout the film. The remainder of the supporting cast was decent but also felt a bit flat at times.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were decent with a solid feel for a TV movie. Effects were hit and miss with some being pretty good while others were overly cheesy. Dialogue was the same, some good mixed with some cheesy. Sound and soundtrack were solid.

Overall Exploding Sun is a decent entry-level TV action & adventure. Those expecting a big budget film will be disappointed while those with realistic expectations for a made-for-TV film will probably enjoy this one.

With some mild violence and possibly disturbing disaster scenes, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2013
Reviewed: 12.2.13
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Action & Adventure, Miniseries, TV Action & Adventure, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy

copyright ©2013 Dave Riedel

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