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Review: Syfy's 'Snowmageddon' is just plain bad


  • Michael Hogan plays a wise man who knows about killer snow globes in "Snowmageddon."
Michael Hogan plays a wise man who knows about killer snow globes in "Snowmageddon." (Syfy )
December 08, 2011|By Curt Wagner | RedEye

When I saw the title of this week's disaster of a Syfy movie, "Snowmageddon" (8 p.m. Saturday, Syfy; half a star) I actually got excited because that's what everyone called the Chicago blizzard in February. And that was fun, wasn't it?

Compared to watching this cliche-ridden dud, surviving our snowmageddon's blinding sleet and piles of snow was a walk in the park--on a sunny day.

It's almost Christmas when a mysterious snow globe is delivered to a family in Normal, Alaska. Inside the globe is a replica of the small town, but when the youngest family member (Dylan Matzke) begins playing with it, bad things start to happen, including avalanches, clouds that fire ice projectiles, earth tremblors. Oddly, no snow.

The kid's sheriff dad (David Cubitt) and helicopter pilot mom (Carolyn Adair), along with their teen daughter (Magda Apanowicz) and a town elder (Michael Hogan) then battle to save us all.

The story moves slower than a glacier. The dialogue made me cringe. The actors seem to be falling asleep (not unlike I was). Nothing makes much sense, even in a fantastical world like this. And although the screener I watched wasn't finished, I'm guessing the special effects won't improve much.

Syfy Saturday movies are rarely "good," but at least they have fun being bad. "Snowmageddon" is so bad, it's just bad.

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