Marvista Entertainment / SyFy
Starring MyAnna Buring, Richard Burgi, Juliet Aubrey
Directed by Matt Codd
Runtime: 89 mins
Reviewed by Guy Adams
Some studios or production companies bring an expectation with them. â€œOh,â€ you say, â€œthis is a Hammer movie?â€ Or â€œThis is from Ealing Studios?â€ Or â€œA Merchant Ivory picture? Iâ€™ll set my lace buffers to maximum.â€ You have a good idea, going in, what sort of movie youâ€™re going to get and whether or not youâ€™re likely to enjoy it. The same will happen when I say who produced Super Eruption. â€œA SyFy Original Movie?â€ your face falls and you reach for the vodka, â€œI donâ€™t have to watch it all, do I?â€
Is it as bad as all that? Well, no. This is a cut above the usual â€˜Him From Gentle Ben Battles A Space Codâ€™ brain-spit. A slight cut.
Itâ€™s about a volcanic eruption in YellowstonePark. And a slightly weird time paradox subplot (which lifts it to be honest, and eradicates the pre-title sequence from reality which is fortunate as I wanted to do the same). It features Her From Primeval being an angst-ridden scientist and Him From Desperate Housewives being an extremely dependable piece of wood in a rangerâ€™s uniform. There is lava. And a goodly quantity of smoke. There is also some acting.
Itâ€™s fine. After an opening twenty minutes when, like a taste air-lock, my sensibilities were shifted, the rest of the movie passed painlessly enough. Itâ€™s not good but itâ€™s not impossible to watch. Am I damning this with ambivalence? Probably. Thereâ€™s just a world of difference between an enjoyable bad movie and one that shuffles past you, shrugs, then keeps walking with a sigh. Super Eruption? Average Spurt.