De Boer's Tornado Bore
When it comes to TV Disaster movies the only way to watch them is with low expectations, you have to expect that they will be a little cheesy and far fetched whilst also employing some dodgy special effects. So when I say the best thing about "NYC: Tornado Terror" are the special effects it doesn't say much for the rest of the movie. From a text book disaster storyline, to cheesy dialogue, technical mumbo jumbo and an outrageous rescue it really is poor. Ironically whilst the special effects in "NYC: Tornado Terror" are not up to big budget disaster movie standards they are actually better than expected.
When mini tornadoes start appearing all over New York Deputy Mayor Jim Lawrence (Sebastian Spence - The Obsession) and his climatologist wife Cassie (Nicole de Boer - Cube) find themselves on a cusp of a major disaster as the signals are there for a destructive storm of biblical proportions. But with the Mayor more concerned about his reputation than the safety of the people plus Cassie's niece going missing this husband and wife team must fight to save New York.
So I suppose if I looking for one positive there is the fact that whilst "NYC: Tornado Terror" is another movie to use tornadoes as the source of a disaster it is not just a copy of "Twister". Instead we have this storyline which sees New York come under threat from an unexpected storm which is building in intensity till it is ready to wreak destruction on a biblical scale. This of course is simply text book stuff because we have the good guys, a deputy mayor and his climatologist wife trying to find a way to protect the city, the wife's niece who finds herself in danger plus a mayor who is more concerned over his political campaign than doing the right thing. It's a series of characters, issues and dramas which can be seen in numerous TV disaster movies and to be frank is boring.
As for the actual tornadoes well initially the threat is a little imaginative as we see a series of mini twisters, as someone said cute little twisters, but they combine to cause devastation. But the trouble with this is that we get a mumbo jumbo explanation as to how these freak weather conditions occur with a split in the atmosphere being the cause. And then we get an equally mumbo jumbo plan to destroy the vortex which is creating these tornadoes before it unleashes the big one. I have no idea if there is any scientific fact to what is said, be it the explanation or the plan to fire rockets into the vortex to dissipate it but it sounds totally, outrageous mumbo jumbo and a little too out there seeing that on some of the art work for "NYC: Tornado Terror" says it is "Inspired by True Events".
Talking of outrageous there are the series of disasters brought on by the freak weather which include the arm of the Statue of Liberty being ripped off and a little electric orb brought on by the lightning in the tornados seemingly hunting down people. It is far fetched, too far fetched even for a TV disaster movie and it becomes laughable as each disaster scene gets more outrageous. Laughable extends to the cliche characters, the corny dialogue full of moments of machismo and sadly the performances. There is not a single good performance in "NYC: Tornado Terror" with the likes of Nicole de Boer, Sebastian Spence and Jerry Wasserman all over acting.
The irony of all this is that the actual special effects in "NYC: Tornado Terror" are better than expected in fact they are some of the best I have seen when it comes to TV disaster movies. They are still not up to big budget standards but the actual tornadoes, the bolts of lightning and even the electric orb which attacks people all look semi decent.
What this all boils down to is that "NYC: Tornado Terror" is not a good TV disaster movie, in fact it is not even an average one with a cliche ridden story and equally cliche characters being part of a whole list of issues. The only good thing about it is the special effects which whilst not brilliant are superior to everything else.