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The Phoenix Rises

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USA  •    •  86m  •    •  Directed by: Drew Hall.  •  Starring: James Black, Adam Cardon, John DeLong, Catalina Soto-Aguilar Kind, Anil Bajaj, Karmen Capella, Philip Fornah, Keone Fuqua, Jerrid Jones, Susan LeCourt-Barbe, Carlos E. Lopez, Casey Myers, Brent Nevison.  •  Music by: Page Hamilton, Patrick Kirst.
     Worlds collide when a team of brilliant scientists are recruited to work with a secretive government run program called the Phoenix Project and are challenged with creating defenses against a technologically powerful terrorist group.

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This film is designed for the "AM America" crowd, particularly that one guy who keeps calling in about how the government is controlling weather using Tesla Coils. Looks like he got a camera for Christmas. Now the problem is NOT the government controlling the weather by heating the ionosphere, it is that rogue element that is causing disasters. Our group is tasked in trying to find counter measures to what is happening and save California before they get shot.

This is apparently the middle of a trilogy of stories which include the film "Skyhook" and "Sons of Liberty." Christine Kozlowski a former Miss Mississippi, plays scientist Maryanne Brown. She spends her time working on magnets instead of taking showers. The acting was noticeably bad. The dialouge was rather boring. There are two couples who work together at the facility, but they live dormitory style, a clear indication this production is extraterrestrial in origin. There is an evil doer with a Jamaican accent so bad they use subscripts. In order to look official the film gives us the location and time, example: Kansas City, Missouri. 16:23. No sense locking us in with a date or a year.

The film has no character build up, apparently assuming everyone saw "Skyhook" a project which plays a role in this film but is lost to everyone except for that person who saw it...most likely the same AM America Tesla call-in guy. Indeed the film is designed for a narrow audience, and by narrow I mean one guy and I am not him. I'm the guy who sells plans for a frictionless perpetual motion machine;) Tesla Coils indeed.

Oh yes, the camera man sucked too. Please, in the future put the camera on a rolling tripod instead of having it sway in the office scenes so I won't get motion sickness.

Cheap special effects, brought back memories of those sex rays in "Flesh Gordon." Thanks, I guess.

Parental Guide: No F-bombs, sex, or nudity. Implied off screen forced lesbian sex with an awkward "Gamesters of Triskelion" cut away. Sorry, I needed my obscure Trekkie reference fix after this.


Review by Michael Ledo from the Internet Movie Database.