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Zodiac: Signs Of The Apocalypse (2014/Anchor Bay DVD)

Picture: B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: D

When the Signs Align, The World Will End...

Not to be confused with David Fincher's spellbinding masterpiece Zodiac (reviewed elsewhere on this site), this is a sci-fi television film with a cookie cutter plot and a charming cameo by Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future). Stop me if you've heard this concept before... when a mysterious artifact is discovered, global catastrophes start to destroy civilization. A rogue scientist attempts to decipher the symbols on the artifact in an attempt to unlock its secrets and save humanity from certain destruction. 2012, Stargate, Armageddon, DaVinci Code - anyone?

Directed by W.D. Hogan, the film really tries to up the ante with an abundance of digital effects shots that hurt the overall digital-esque look of the film. The compositing just isn't there blending in with the production values, giving the film a cheapened feel. The acting is as lackluster as the concept, proving this as just another typical direct-to-video yawn.

At no point did I really feel for the characters and by the end of the movie I wanted the asteroids to wipe out earth just so it would all be over. Occasionally, there's a cool shot or two but ultimately this would have benefited more as a trailer than actual film.

Presented in standard definition with a 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and a lossy Dolby Digital track, there's nothing really special about the transfer or anything really negative to say - it's basically on par with what we have come to expect for DVD.

No extras on this release either.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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