Stone Me

Miranda Frigon and Paul Johansson in Stonados (2013)

Former storm chaser turned science teacher, Joe Randall (Paul Johansson), suddenly gets a cal from his sister, Maddy (Miranda Frigon), a police officer, when what seems like a meteor smashes into a basketball court, except rather than being hot it was cold and made from local rock. As a series of strange twister start coming and going off of the coast of Boston Joe, Maddy and his former storm chasing buddy turned weather man, Lee (Sebastian Spence), find themselves in a race against time to try and find a way of controlling the weather before it destroys more than just Boston, especially as Joe's kids are pinned down in a stadium by one of these storms.

I wonder if when they come to look for actors to appear in one of these mad weather disaster movies they sell it to them as despite being bad it will be fun to make and easy money. Or maybe the pitch is more of a challenge to make this movie break the mould which is what mad weather disaster movies tend to be. I say this because I question why actors such as Paul Johansson and Sebastian Spence would star in one of these movies, because both have appeared in decent movies which trust me "Stonados" is not.

Paul Johansson and Sebastian Spence in Stonados (2013)

The thing is that I've watched enough movies that even before sitting down to watch "Stonados" I was expecting the worst and to be honest it lived up to my expectations with a ridiculous storyline, comical moments of terror and not the most convincing CGI work. I guess I am saying that "Stonados" actually delivers what you expect and maybe that is the whole point, this was never made to be great but to be enjoyable for all those typically bad things, such as someone suddenly getting smashed into a wall by a giant rock flying through the air.

It is because of that sense this was made intentionally to be typical of this genre of movie that Paul Johansson, Sebastian Spence, Miranda Frigon as well as William B. Davis all play their parts with respect but also with that look on their face which says "we're not taking this seriously". It works in the movie's favour as whilst not making this the full spoof of say "Sharknado" it does add to its almost light hearted nature.

What this all boils down to is that "Stonados" is what it is, which is just another one of those mad weather disaster movies which you know is going to be bad even before you start to watch. But the more I watch this type of movie the more I am convinced that is the point, "Stonados", like others, was not made to be great but made to be enjoyably tacky which if that is the case you would have to say it works.

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