Doomsday Prophecy (2011)
By the Power of the Rod
With the world being hit by several end of the world style events the government are desperate to track down Rupert Crane (Matthew Walker) who had previously prophesized 9/11 before going off the grid when he had enough of the government hassling him with demands to know the future. Meanwhile Crane through a series of clues has brought proof reader Eric Fox (A.J. Buckley) and archaeologist Brook Calvin (Jewel Staite) together at his remote home where he leaves several more clues as well as a metal rod which when Eric touches allows him to see the future. It seems that Rupert has trusted Eric and Brook to save the world from the impending disaster, that is if they can stay ahead of the Government agents chasing them down.
Maybe in my half awake state, in need of my second couple of coffee to wake me up that I am feeling charitable but "Doomsday Prophecy" was not as bad as I thought it would be. From the cover it looks like just another made for TV disaster movie with the end of the world, a government agent as well as some people who are in the woods in danger. Basically it has many of the cliches which anyone who knows their movies should expect from a made for TV disaster movie.
But whilst "Doomsday Prophecy" is a typically lacking TV movie it has one thing and that is mystery. Why have Eric and Brook being chosen to save the world? What that the local Indians got to do with the puzzle of saving the world? Why are the government so sinister in tracking down Rupert? Why does this ordinary looking metal rod have such power of prophecy? Of course not all these questions are answered and some of the answers are devoid of logic but still rather than just some people running around trying to find a way to prevent disaster we have a puzzle with several clues to be solved.
As for the acting well again we are on typical made for TV ground so none of the characters have depth and none are memorable but A.J. Buckley and Jewel Staite make a decent couple to have to follow around whilst Alan Dale does a decent job of playing a suspicious military figure.
What this all boils down to is that "Doomsday Prophecy" is far from being high entertainment but with the focus more on solving a puzzle it keeps you more involved than the usual sort of made for TV disaster movie where the weak special effects dominate things.
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