'End Of The World'
(Brad Dourif, Caroline Cave, Greg Grunberg, Mark Hildreth, Neil Grayston, et al / DVD / PG / 2014 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: When electro-magnetic blasts begin to bombard Earth, only two men may be fully prepared for the coming apocalypse: A video store owner (Greg Grunberg) and his film nerd pal (Neil Grayston). But as anarchy, humongous dust storms and mom-incinerating meteors devastate the planet, can a pair of disaster-movie fanboys, their hero an institutionalized science fiction writer (Brad Dourif) and a nuclear warhead be our last hope to save the world?
DVD Verdict: If you were not aware, 'End Of The World' is a SyFy Channel film and features a couple video store clerks (and one of their wives) having to put their knowledge of disaster movies to the ultimate test when the end of the world approaches!
When some sort of mysterious explosions start dropping from the skies, the three head off to find an expert (Brad Dourif) who is locked up in a mental hospital. Well, I'll give the film credit for at least trying to do something different, but unfortunately it really doesn't add up to much.
The biggest problem with this movie is the low-budget, which just doesn't really allow it to be taken that serious. I think with a higher budget and a re-write of the screenplay then we might have had something much better. As is, the film has some interesting moments and a couple good performances, but that's it.
One good thing is the constant references to other science fiction movies, which was somewhat fun for film buffs. I also enjoyed the performances for the most part. Caroline Cave is good in the role of the wife and we also get nice work from Greg Grunberg ('Heroes') and Neil Grayston ('Eureka'). I also enjoyed seeing Dourif who goes wildly over-the-top but in a fun way. The special effects are pretty much what you'd expect from a low-budget film like this but they were still much better than what you typical see on SyFy. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.