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SCORCHER (2002) [IMPORT]

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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Import from the Netherlands which plays in English language - Dutch subtitles are optional on/off.

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As if we needed yet another way in which nuclear weapons could destroy life on Earth, along comes Scorcher. Thanks to China detonating a few underground nuclear bombs, the planet’s tectonics are all screwed up, giving rise to earthquakes, volcanic explosions, and even lava spewing up in the Arctic – and that’s not even the bad news. That worrisome Pacific plate has begun moving too far too quickly, and the end result will be a fiery global catastrophe in just three days. Now the fate of mankind rests on the shoulders of two estranged father & daughter scientists, a smart aleck corporal who once had the audacity to hit on the First Lady, and a team of oddball soldiers.

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.
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Another brilliant offering from the great Rutger Hauer. A very good film with a good story line and excellent cast
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I AM A BIG FAN OF MARK DACASCOS FILMS, AND THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF HIS BEST FILMS. SOME OF THE LINES HE COMES OUT WITH IN THE BEGINNING OF THE FILM GIVE IT A SLIGHTLY COMEDIC EDGE, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE ACTION, YOU CAN EXPECT THE SAME FANTASTIC FIGHT SCENES THAT DACASCOS FANS HAVE COME TO KNOW AND LOVE. DEFINETLY RECOMMENDED
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arrived on time details before hand were spot on brilliant film a must for all dacascos fans
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2.0 out of 5 stars Woeful disaster movie 9 April 2005
By F. J. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
The world is under threat from the greenhouse effect in Scorcher and the only way to avert total environmental disaster is to detonate an atomic bomb and so realign the tectonic plates along the Pacific rim .There is however one big problem -in order to do its job the bomb must be detonated in Los Angeles ,and the city be totally wiped out .The task is assigned to Ryan ,a maverick US army officer and his elite team .The city is evacuated -or substantially so -and the team go in ,with warring experts adding a complicating factor .These are a father/daughter team .

Further complicating matters are a deranged sniper and a crazed religious fundamentalist who captures Ryan's own daughter.

The low budget means that special effects are recycled from other movies -Dante's Peak in particular .The acting is pretty dire with John Rhys-Davies giving the only thing approximating toa competent performance ,and the casting of Rutger Hauer as the US President seems especially bizarre .

Its a no-brainer and recommended only to the uncritical .
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Bad - I cried with laughter. 21 Jan. 2004
By H. Mullan - Published on Amazon.com
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I decided to watch Scorcher with some friends last night. Little did I know that I was in for a treat. There are some disaster flicks that are tongue-in-cheek, but they have a good story line so they are watchable. Scorcher should go down in the annals of history as the worst disaster movie made.
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Blast!! 23 Jun. 2005
By Byron Watts - Published on Amazon.com
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Reminded me of films they used to play on Saturday afternoons

on TV. Action, over the top story, and disaster galore.

Perfect popcorn movie if you're in the right mood.

Thumbs up!~!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Above Average B-Movie Blast! 31 May 2005
By flikmaster - Published on Amazon.com
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Sure, this zero budget Armaggeddon wannabe isn't breaking the slightest bit of new ground, but they sure do make every buck count. Funny part is, it actually WORKS! in large part to the acting and directing. And thats ONLY if you forget the over the top disaster plot (the Earth's plates are moving and can only be stopped by setting off a nuke in LA) Still, there was an honest attempt at making us care for the people in this story by way of two father/daughter plotlines and the movie has some really exciting action sequences to boot. it was nice to see Mark Dacascos doing something other than kicking ass and actually getting to act. Rutger Hauer adds his usual presence and John Rhys Davies was fun to watch as the scientist with a plan. this is one of those movies where you either go with the plot or don't. Despite the obvious low budget, there were some great visuals and the pacing was well done. Music was also great

(very Hans Zimmer-like).

in all, you could do a lot worse from the action aisle of Blockbuster.

Recommend only for those who love B movies that truly aspire

to more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Said the President: "Colonel, welcome back. It's been a while since you disgraced these halls." 20 Aug. 2013
By H. Bala - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Let's get the bad news out of the way. Mark Dacascos in this film doesn't really do any martial arts, although he does get in a tussle or two. SCORCHER is a disaster movie, and it's up to you to expand the definition of that label. It's a made-for-cable film that premiered in 2002 (HBO?). It's not so bad. It's not that good.

When China conducts an unsanctioned series of underground nuclear tests - "Bad China!" - it inflicts deep fissures in the Pacific tectonic plate and shifts it out of sync with the other 15 tectonic plates on our planet, thus throwing off the rotation of the Earth's axis. The top two scientists in the field can only conclude that humanity was on the "verge of a catastrophic global event." To stave off Earth's incinerating itself, a plan is set into motion requiring the detonation of a 50 megaton thermonuclear device in order to stabilize the Pacific plate, one of the scientists - the cute one - dumbs it down for the non-nerds, calling it a, er, "global chiropractic adjustment."

Three days to get this done before the big fvkc-all. The President of the United States (Rutger Hauer) calls for the best of the best to lead the mission. That's Army Intelligence officer, Colonel Ryan Beckett (Marc Dacascos), a guy with boundary issues (he once hit on the First Lady). He right away doesn't get along with hot and brilliant scientist, Julie McGrath (Tamara Davies). Dispatched to the Cheju Island in the East China Sea to rescue Dr. McGrath from the active volcano, he gets called "jerko" by her. SCORCHER isn't a big budget picture and they make up for that by setting up character conflict all over the place. The disdain Dr. McGrath feels for Beckett doesn't compare to the wrath she unleashes on her estranged scientist dad (John Rhys-Davies). Meanwhile, Beckett's got his own issues with his 15-year-old daughter Faith (Rayne Marcus), whom he's left way too many times in Los Angeles while he was away on missions.

Here's the kicker: calculations have marked Los Angeles as the trigger site for the nuke. Even as Los Angeles evacuates, Beckett asks only one favor, that his daughter be safely transported out of L.A. even as he and his team make their way there. And, just for luck, they're bringing a second nuke. Another key player is Special Agent Kellaway (Mark Rolston), assigned to keep an eye on our maverick Colonel. He's an even bigger ticking bomb than the two nukes.

2.5 out of 5 stars. SCORCHER is strictly middle-of-the-pack, yet not all that bad for a cable film. I thought the f/x was decent. As always it's fun watching your hometown ravaged by seismic eruptions (Volcano did it better). If nothing else, we're presented with what is probably the worst case scenario of how a commuter could be done in by L.A. traffic. The only thing worse would've been what Brad Pitt and his fam went thru while in a gridlock in WORLD WAR Z. What sinks it for me is that Dacascos - one of the most kickasss martial artists around - isn't allowed to ply his kung fu craft. If you hadn't yet, do check out Only the Strong and specially Drive to see Dacascos at this best. In SCORCHER the pace plods in spots and mocks the movie title. The monotonous infighting amongst the scientists and the military people is occasionally broken up by moments in which the mission goes sideways and outside forces come into play. But the action is minimal. Mark Rolston is convincingly menacing, and yet the guy I ended up actively rooting against is G.W. Bailey's General who loses track of Beckett's daughter and then lies to Beckett about it. For the greater good, the General says, and he does have a point. But he's still a first class jerko.
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