Monday, December 03, 2012

"Solar Crisis", a B-movie from 1989, got made too early to grasp the potential solar storm crisis

There’s an earlier sci-fi film on the “solar flare” problem, titled “Solar Crisis”, directed by Richard C. Sarafian and Alan Smithee, dating back to 1989, from Trimark.

In 2025, there is a space station preparing to launch an anti-matter bomb on the sun to redirect a huge “coronal mass ejection” that may be capable of frying the entire Earth (or maybe just Mercury). The writing of the film is campy, and it seems to be a Japanese production with aging American stars (including Charlton Heston and Tim Matheson).  There is a bizarre subplot involving control of the Earth’s fried real estate (can one have land title to an entire planet?) , and some desert sandstorm scenes that resemble the Australian Mad Max and Thunderdome movies of the 80s.  The script describes plenty of other catastrophic plagues, such as locusts.
Newt Gingrich is said to have liked this film, but it come from far too early in the genre before scientists really knew to take the coronal mass ejection threat seriously. Ironically, though, the film was apparently made about the same time that Quebec had its big power outage in 1989 from a solar storm. 
The spaceship has a personable but bossy computer like "HAL" in the "2001: A Space Odyssey" classic.

There are some pretty interesting special effects showing the innards of solar storms or sunspots right at the end.

The DVD projects in full screen.   

Compare to “Solar Attack” and “Sunshine”  (Aug. 2, 2007 )on this blog. 

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