Plot: A terrorist organization has stolen a powerful weapon, but it is so bleeding edge, they need an expert to show them how to make it work. This leads to the kidnapping of Kate (Stacey Oristano), a scientist who knows the ins and outs of the resonance machine and is forced to activate the device. She pleads with the terrorists, hoping they will back down and leave the machine alone, but she is pushed and just after the device is turned on, a rescue squad arrives. The situation seems to be resolved, but Kate knows the resonance machine’s activation is just the start and across the world, her husband is also seeing some strange things. The underground world seems to have been brought to life, with fault lines more active than ever before, even as Kate desperately tries to warn the authorities about the resonance machine’s potential. But is she just hysterical after her traumatic abduction or is the world on the brink of one of the biggest, most devastating natural disasters ever?
Entertainment Value: I have a soft spot for b movies that focus on natural disasters, so Shockwave was one I needed to check out. This turned out to be different than I had expected, as it takes a more serious approach and is better in the traditional sense than a lot of similar movies, but loses some of the b movie charm. I wouldn’t say the narrative is grounded, but it does make an effort to have things make sense and doesn’t turn to b movie staples to cover bases. In other words, while Shockwave has action driven scenes, it is more of a drama than an action movie, with scientists and normal people thrust into the hero roles. I do miss the outlandish elements that some disaster movies offer, but this more serious approach works too and will likely draw in a more diverse audience than the silly, over the top productions. At the same time, I am sure some will long for the one liners, ridiculous situations, and colorful characters, so it is going to depend on your personal preference in disaster cinema. But if you prefer a more serious approach, Shockwave is worth a look.
No nakedness. The movie has no real sexual situations, so it makes sense that naked flesh isn’t a component here. No blood. As you can guess, this one does involve some action and the opening scene involves some gun battles, but the violence is minor and never results in rampant bloodshed. Some blood smeared clothes and aftermath crimson, but that’s about it. One character is tied up and punched around for information, but the blood is already on his face when the scene opens, so even then the violence isn’t graphic in the least. As the tone is mostly serious, not as much wild dialogue or one liners as most b movie disaster flicks. But Evan Sloane provides some comic relief, in an awkward, but humorous performance. The scene where he banters with a security guard over his soup is the most outlandish scene in the movie, with an odd, cringe level vibe, but as I said, this one is mostly serious. Aside from Sloan’s few moments of awkward fun, this one is serious and as such, no other wackiness. The visual effects are even reeled in, with attempts for a more grounded, believable series of explosions and quakes, rather than off the wall effects as the genre often yields.
Overall Insanity: 1/10