The sun is about to explode and destroy Earth and all humankind, or so the renowned scientist Professor Austin predicts. After his discovery he emails some academic friends and then chooses to disappear altogether. For some reason American agents are dead set on stopping him, but he evades their attempt and successfully manages to get unnoticed to the Maldives to spend the last of his days there.
Now you might ask what American agents were doing there in the first place and that's part of what this mini-series is all about. After Professor Austin disappears a team of scientists race against time to prove that his predictions are wrong, but what he predicted seems to hold true as the earth are struck by inferno he predicted would precede. At the same time governments around the world set in motion a secret plan they've had for such a situation. A plan which they do all in their power to keep from the public.
When it comes to the cast I must say it's a mixed bunch. We have Luke Perry and Tia Carrere in two of the main roles. Peter Fonda as Professor Austin who I for some reason best remembers from his great performance in "Ulee's Gold". All in all I think they pull it off ok, nothing exceptional, but I've definitely seen much worse.
I guess you could find a lot of flaws with this mini-series as you in my opinion can find with all "disaster movies" and there have been quite a few of them in the last 10 years or so. None of which I've actually thought was exceptionally great movies. In my opinion such movies are pure entertainment and so is this. It's fast paced, entertaining and there are a few story lines to bring it all together and that's it. Basically you get exactly what you expect as long as you take it for what it is.
Reviewed by Dag