I’ve mentioned many times before that I’m a big fan of the schlocky films SyFy Channel releases. Most of them give me the same feeling I used to get as a kid when I watched the old Roger Corman-style films on Saturday afternoons. But…unfortunately, not every SyFy flick is golden. Sometimes, there are simply too many negatives the film cannot overcome. Such is the case with today’s movie, ZODIAC: SIGNS OF THE APOCALYPSE. While the premise is interesting, the film never really comes together, and the result is an unentertaining trek into yawns-ville.
If you are not familiar with ZODIAC: SIGNS OF THE APOCALYPSE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment:
When a primitive astrology carving is unearthed in Peru, it triggers explosive meteor storms around the world. But this is only the beginning: Tsunamis, lightning storms, lava geysers and giant waterspouts erupt globally, each disaster corresponding to a specific sign of the zodiac. Will a mysterious government agency now kill to hide a shocking planetary secret, or can a group of rogue scientists race against time and carnage to activate an ancient civilization s Armageddon machine?
I really wanted to like this movie because I am fascinated with archaeology, especially those finds that are mysterious and pose many questions. And if a director can combine archaeological finds with elements of science fiction, fantasy, or horror, then I’m definitely onboard. Sadly, I could not find enough to like about this film to make it enjoyable.
ZODIAC: SIGNS OF THE APOCALYPSE is shot well and looks pretty decent for the most part from a production standpoint. The acting is also pretty good. But even so, the confusing storyline and lack of cohesion within it are what kill this film.
There are so many things that never get explained: Who or what is the government agency? How did they know about the stone? Furthermore, how does an archaeologist know in-depth knowledge about the zodiac by heart? Why is his son mad at him? I grew frustrated with these questions very quickly, which in turn shot down any enjoyment I might have had with this film
Also, reading zodiac signs into these natural disasters is a bit too much of a stretch for me. While watching the film, I felt very much like the skeptical characters who don’t believe the archaeologist as he tries to explain. I usually don’t have problems suspending reality when I’m watching a film, but this is just asking too much.
ZODIAC: SIGNS OF THE APOCALYPSE is not a win for me at all, and I can’t recommend it with a clear conscience. I’m usually right in tune with SyFy Channel on their creature-features and whatnot…but this one misses the mark for me. I would steer clear of this, unless you’re absolutely desperate for an end-of-the-world film. It hits store shelves tomorrow if you want to take a look.