Tidal Wave: No Escape

  • 1997
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure, Disaster, Science Fiction

The gigantic waves never stop in this far-fetched but watchable adventure about manufactured catastrophes. Having abandoned his Nobel Prize-winning career, scientific genius John Wahl (Corbin Bernsen) kicks back at his ocean-side pad until unexpected tsunamis begin to proliferate round the world and one strikes his beach. Wahl initially resists efforts by...read more

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The gigantic waves never stop in this far-fetched but watchable adventure about manufactured catastrophes. Having abandoned his Nobel Prize-winning career, scientific genius John Wahl (Corbin Bernsen) kicks back at his ocean-side pad until unexpected tsunamis begin to proliferate round the world and one strikes his beach. Wahl initially resists efforts by the federally controlled Aquatronics Corp. to pick his brain, but relents when he realizes that these global meteorological disasters are man made. Chief Oceanographer Lt. Commander Jessica Weaver (Julianne Phillips) dismisses Wahl's contention that an Aquatronics researcher is harnessing the waves; she harbors her own suspicions about Wahl, who's never been a team player. Supported by her NSA superior, Edgar Purcell (Gregg Henry), Weaver discovers records of military experimentation concerning artificially created waves. Weaver and Wahl pool their resources to unmask the perpetrator as a wall of water destroys the Queen Mary; the fiend behind the disaster promises a bigger one to come. As Aquatronics researchers start biting the dust, Wahl deduces that the wave-maker is none other than his genial mentor, Stanley Schiff (Harve Presnell), who demands billions of dollars to stop using hydrogen mini-bombs to play havoc with the sea. Can Weaver and Wahl disarm the mad scientist before he launches a super double-blast that will drown thousands? This malarkey is about as scientifically credible as the episode of the old Batman TV series in which Mr. Freeze tries to ice Gotham City. But on a purely escapist level, this sci-fi trifle is fairly entertaining.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: The gigantic waves never stop in this far-fetched but watchable adventure about manufactured catastrophes. Having abandoned his Nobel Prize-winning career, scientific genius John Wahl (Corbin Bernsen) kicks back at his ocean-side pad until unexpected tsuna… (more)

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