In 2002, during an eclipse, creatures from deep within the Earth come to the surface and proceed to kill much of the human population. Ever since, humans have been preparing for another attack by creating fortified buildings and educating their children, however nothing has happened for the past 15 years. Buut in 2016 events are occurring that point to another imminent invasion.
A budget monster film, this one, in typical SyFy fashion, follows a dysfunctional family as the disaster unfolds, travelling from one place to another in search of safety and interacting with different people along the way. There isn't really a lot of story going on and very little explanation about the creatures - no one seems to have learned anything about them in the 15 years they have been away and once again they just seem to arrive. There is some unexplained link to an eclipse but this is unclear as there have been many eclipses between 2002 and 2016. The filmmakers seem to want you to bond with the lead characters and cheer them on, hoping they will survive. The characters are not particularly well developed so it's difficult to like or dislike them, but there is one extremely comical moment where they need to venture out of a bunker and they find a cache of enormous weapons, and their eyes all light up (adults and children alike) as they pick up these weapons and load the chambers. It's scary that this seems so normal for them.....
The film moves along at a reasonable pace and has lots of average to reasonably good special effects. Credit has to be given to the special effects artists as they are tasked with providing hordes of different types of creatures and they do show them in countries across the world. For a small budget film this would have been a big ask so the result is probably pretty good.
Although the story is quite thin it all works reasonably well and is fun enough for lovers of creature films. 3.5 stars.
This is a SyFy made for TV film. Fifteen years ago there was a "day of reckoning" when carnivorous creatures flew and ran out of the earth. Apparently they ate only humans. The fact that the earth was almost destroyed did not stop deep well drilling and fracking, making an unspoken message is here somewhere. An eclipse triggers another event and using the Asylum formula, the film concentrates on one man to unite and save his family, even the ex-wife. Now we know the creatures don't like salt or cold, yet we can't seem to avoid or fight them very well even with a new new Homeland Security to advise us.
The film is aimed at the younger male audience who won't attempt to try to make any sense out of this, just enjoy the special effects and occasional human being attacked and consumed. They managed to recruit seasoned actors such as Raymond J. Barry and Barbara Crampton for lesser roles. Don't look for anything deep in theme, just breakout the popcorn.
Guide: No sex or nudity. There was a whisper that sounded like an F-word. 2 1/2 stars