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Polar Opposities (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 6 June 2008
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David Terran wrote scientific theories predicting an inevitable shift in Earth's magnetic poles. Then an Iranian underground nuclear test sets off a global phenomenon that matches David's doomsday scenario.

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Fred Olen Ray

Writer:

Paolo Mazzucato
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Shaughnessy ... David
Tracy Nelson ... Jenna
Ken Barnett ... Martin
Beth Grant ... General Railen
Kieren Hutchison ... Dr Bradley (as Kieren Hutchinson)
Clive Revill ... Leo
Jackie Geary ... Kimi
Lee Arenberg ... McNeil
Jeffrey Christopher Todd ... Ethan
Ian Patrick Williams ... FBI Director Thompson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryan Caltagirone ... Bomber Pilot
Ismael 'East' Carlo ... Alberto
James Di Giacomo ... Helicopter Pilot
David Kiiskinen David Kiiskinen ... Marine #3
Maynor Lopez Maynor Lopez ... Iranian / Mexican Villager
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David Terran wrote scientific theories predicting an inevitable shift in Earth's magnetic poles. Then an Iranian underground nuclear test sets off a global phenomenon that matches David's doomsday scenario.

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Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ground Zero: The Deadly Shift See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,628, 8 June 2008

Gross USA:

$2,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,377
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On General Railen's first helicopter flight during the storm, she's told that GPS is out. She asks what their last location was before GPS went out and the pilot says Nevada. Not knowing where they are at the current time, she tells the pilot to land and they end up exactly where they were supposed to be. See more »

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Science-Fact Rocks the World
23 June 2008 | by SciVortexSee all my reviews

If you're expecting a splashy, big-budget Hollywood disaster flick, you should stick to "The Day After Tomorrow" or "Deep Impact." "Polar Opposites" strength does NOT come from million dollar fx, or performances by academy-award-winning actors. The thing that makes this low-budget independent film so engaging is the story and the relationships that develop while the story world unravels on screen.

At its simplest, "Polar Opposites" spins a tale about a possible global disaster set in motion by a nuclear blast, and how a scientist is called upon to save the day. The scientific theories proposed by the story are chillingly accurate, and they are what hooked me initially. It's refreshing to see science-fact made understandable and yes, entertaining (the tangerine/battery visual was funny). But the film goes beyond simply laying out facts and ideas to tell the story. It puts together a group of characters that have real issues in dealing with the problem, and with each other. There is a father/son relationship (Charles Shaunessy and Clive Revill) that is touching and real, funny and even corny at times. Tracey Nelson and Kieren Hutchinson play doctors coping with the crisis, but they still have a playful side to their relationship. And the actor playing their patient, Al (Ismael Carlo), is both unsettling and tender.

In the end, the disaster unfolds like it might in any other disaster flick (although, as I mentioned, without the huge big budget fx). But the story and the characters were the ingredient that actually made the film quite enjoyable.


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