What happens when you take a potentially great idea for a film, mix it with several bad ideas, and even worse visual effects? If you guessed a SyFy Original Movie, you would be right. Now, these movies are typically founded on either a good or bad idea, but regardless of the foundation, the rest of the movie just drowns out any positives it may have once had. “Seeds of Destruction”, formally titled “The Terror Beneath”, actually had an intriguing and seemingly never-before seen idea at the core of the film. Was that enough, however, to distract you from the rest of the predictable SyFy vomit? Unfortunately not.
Joe (Jesse Moss) and Kate (Luisa D’Oliveira) are two environmentalists that get caught up in one of the worst disasters that have ever struck our nation…the killer plants taking over the world. Let’s back up a bit. Before the plants took over the world, they held magical healing properties. As one of the seeds was getting ready to be sold, gunshots are fired, leaving an uncontrolled seed to plant itself, causing the dangerous and rapid growth of plants everywhere. This seed was apparently one of the original seeds that was found in Adam and Eve’s Garden of Eden, and if the seed is in a controlled environment, then all is good. If the seed is in an uncontrolled environment, death is bound to occur. Basically, these people must find a way to stop the growth of the plants in order to save people’s lives.
Somewhere deep at the core of this film is a potentially fantastic idea. We have been teased for years that the next Indiana Jones film would either be about finding Atlantis or the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden is a very popular subject that hasn’t really been shown as the main subject of too many movies, especially anything modern. To expand on that, the Garden of Eden was hidden in the bible, never to be found again. So how else to regain what was lost, but to build again? That part of the movie made sense, and it was an incredible idea for them. The movie was also unpredictable, which is hard to say for a lot of SyFy films. Obviously, the plants would just multiply when hit by missiles, bullets, and fire, so how else do they destroy it? Guess you’ll just have to watch to find out.
Now, just because there was an interesting idea in there, didn’t make it obvious to everyone else. Instead of keeping things simple, where it should have stayed, the movie took it way too far, and said in an uncontrolled environment, the plants would lash out. I understand to a degree what they were going for. There needs to be repercussions on planting things in places where they shouldn’t be planted, but in a religious light, if the land is improper or unholy, the seed just wouldn’t work, it wouldn’t turn evil. It is a pure and perfect plant, nothing bad can happen with them, instead…nothing should have happened whatsoever. But of course, we can’t expect every movie to know exactly what they were doing; they just did their best to make things look cool.
Did it? No, the movie didn’t look cool, because as it happens with every other SyFy Original Movie ever made, they try way too hard to capsize on the amount of CGI allowed. It looks tremendously bad. I just can’t stress this enough, SyFy tries way too hard on their movies. If I were to have made the film, it would go something like this: “A couple try to recreate the Garden of Eden when they find long lost seeds that came from the original garden. However, it looks as though their plans are foiled when the FBI learns of what they have in their possession, so they must make a run for it”. The movie would probably also have a lot of religious aspects to it, much like Indiana Jones did.
The only reason you would want to check this film out is if you are actually just a fan of SyFy’s work or just like cheesy, tacky plots that are honestly terrible. If that doesn’t sound like you, it would be better for you to avoid this film when it comes out on Feb. 19!