If one thinks of the big budget movie “2012” as “disaster p0rn” (like I did) then the appropriate label for Stonehange Apocalypse would be the “Harlequin book” version of the end-is-near movies. I am not saying that just because a film is a low budget science fiction movie it has to be bad. There are plenty of good ones. but they requires good scripts, acting and most of all attention. This movie had none of the above. The script had big enough holes to sink entire universes in them. Here is just one example: we see a wide shot of Stonehenge, showing it being in the middle of a field with nothing around it. In the next shot we see a CCTV camera pointing down and showing somebody approaching the stones. However there was no wall or pole or tree or anything for that camera to be attached to and it sure was not the levitating variety.
I also hated the contradiction that the female hero was brave and smart, but at the sight of guns she recoiled into the shadow of the masculine hero. Why do you even make a woman a hero if you are afraid to do it right. And why cast an actress in it (Torri Higginson) whose most famous role was was Dr. Elizabeth Weir, the hard hitting, war-starting, base commanding, bad-ass leader of Stargate Atlantis. Seeing her now pulling herself small at the first shot of a gunfight made no sense to me. I have to admit though that I think the actors tried to make something out of the script, but the director probably didn’t let them. At least that was my impression, I don’t blame them for the failure of the movie.
On the plus side the 80 minutes movie was fun to watch for three hours with our entertaining daughter playing in the back ground. And the movie reminded us that we do not need necessarily satiate our appetite for Sci-Fi at any cost.
IMDB’s summary: When a group of archaeologists dig up a human skeleton near the historical monument of STONEHENGE, an ancient piece of machinery hidden beneath the bedrock is discovered. Not knowing what it could be the workers accidentally trigger the mechanism and start a chain of events that may very well end the world as we know it