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This is a late post actually, from a while ago when the show aired. But I just found it lying around today and my feelings haven’t changed towards it, so I figured I would post it.

“10.5 – If the Humanity doesn’t get you, the Camera Shake Will” “10.5 – NBC’s New All-Time Low” “10.5 – Why Didn’t California Sink Completely?” These are all possible titles for NBC’s most recent 2-part television movie, “10.5.” The movie was about a series of earthquakes in California and Washington that finally culminate in a grand earthquake measuring 10.5 on the Richter scale, dissolving half of southern California and leaving the viewing audience, um, laughing.

If you were one of the poor, unfortunate souls who did not manage to catch this show on it’s first run through, trust me, I won’t tell you anything you cannot already guess will occur throughout the entire show. To preface my comments, let me say that this was by far the worst movie I have ever seen in my entire life. Don’t get me wrong, it did have it’s benefits, such as rolling on the floor busting a gut, but the majority of it (99.9 %) was a bit iffy. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly encourage you to do so, stretching before and after so that you don’t pull any muscles while laughing hysterically.

As stated before, the major premise of the movie was that several fault lines along California were being activated by a much deeper, fully connected fault that was going to cause a chain reaction and rip apart California. However, one bright seismologist (they call them geologists in the flick, oops) decides that this matches her theory, and she is suddenly elevated to adviser to the President to somehow stave off disaster. I’m not sure if it is the fact that mankind is somehow stopping massive earthquakes, or the fact that the solution is the entirely predictable use of nuclear weapons to �fuse the tectonic plates together� that got me. While this pathetic story line is going on, we are also following six other story lines, all of which are played by actors that could not have possibly more perfectly stereotyped their characters. From the teenage girl that complains while she is being swallowed into the earth to the woman governor of California who is on a feministic power struggle, every part of internationalized America is covered except for the indicted pastor who does drugs.

The cinematography is also one of the most notable characteristics of a film. I believe it could best be described as done by a five year old ADHD child who has recently discovered that not only can his camera zoom in and out, but he has Parkinsons as well. The camera did not hold a single steady shot for more than 2.5 seconds without either zooming in and out randomly, or panning from the first crazy angle to a second. There is quite possibly enough aimless movement
to make you nauseated, or at least disturbed by the insane amount that you are ridiculing the film. Also, during one portion of the slow-motion climax, the background noise mutes and the only music playing is the dramatic woman wooooing in the background; only countered by the fact that you really don’t care that people are falling into the earth.

And as if the movie wasn’t sickeningly trite enough, the movie ends like a cartoon: As the chasm of the earth rushes toward the ill-placed command post, the star of the show and her to-be lover fall to the ground, can’t get up, and it looks like they are doomed. Until the earthquake suddenly stops mere inches from there position. But happy day! It does, and everyone gets up, instinctively knowing that somehow the entire episode is over, even though they have been on constantly shaking ground the entire time. Parts of California are saved, the President sheds a tear and breathes a sigh of relief, and everybody is happy and with their loved ones. Please excuse me while i puke.

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My question is, if it was that dumb and pathetic…why did you waste that amount of time watching it, while you could of been doing
something productive? I’ll keep in mind not to see it. By the way-the Terminal’s really good, if you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s
good, but yes, drags a bit. But a good moral movie nevertheless. Have a good one!!

December 24, 2004 10:26 pm