Solar Attack

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Solar Attack
Solar Attack (widescreen) DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover of Solar Attack (widescreen)
GenreDisaster film
Distributed byLions Gate Entertainment
Directed byPaul Ziller
Produced byTom Berry
Lisa Hansen
Richard Schlesinger
Gordon Yang
Written byMichael Konyves
StarringMark Dacascos
Joanne Kelly
Louis Gossett Jr.
Music byChuck Cirino
CinematographyRobert Saad
Kit Whitmore
Editing byRobert E. Newton
Production companyOutrage Productions 5, S.V. Scary Films 3
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
Release date
  • May 25, 2006 (2006-05-25)
Running time91 minutes
 
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Solar Attack
Solar Attack (widescreen) DVD cover.jpg
DVD cover of Solar Attack (widescreen)
GenreDisaster film
Distributed byLions Gate Entertainment
Directed byPaul Ziller
Produced byTom Berry
Lisa Hansen
Richard Schlesinger
Gordon Yang
Written byMichael Konyves
StarringMark Dacascos
Joanne Kelly
Louis Gossett Jr.
Music byChuck Cirino
CinematographyRobert Saad
Kit Whitmore
Editing byRobert E. Newton
Production companyOutrage Productions 5, S.V. Scary Films 3
CountryCanada
LanguageEnglish
Release date
  • May 25, 2006 (2006-05-25)
Running time91 minutes

Solar Attack (also called Solar Strike) is a 2006 television film by Lions Gate Entertainment, starring Mark Dacascos, Joanne Kelly and Louis Gossett Jr..

Solar Attack concerns large coronal mass ejections (CMEs) that cause the Earth's atmosphere to burn, potentially suffocating all life on Earth. All of this happens during a time of political tension between the United States and Russia. Disaster is eventually averted by the detonation of nuclear missiles at the poles, releasing vapor that extinguishes the burning methane caused by the CMEs.

The film bears a number of similarities to the 1961 film: Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

Plot[edit]

While a solar probe operated by the fictional Solar and Near Earth Laboratory (SNEL) is obtaining data, a large CME or solar flare destroys the probe. A manned spaceplane, Galileo, is caught in the CME and destroyed; the tragedy is blamed on bad Russian equipment. CMEs knock satellites out of orbit, turning them into deadly meteors, and a CME hits New Zealand, destroying it and turning it into a huge mass of molten rock.

After a multi-millionaire, Lucas Foster (Mark Dacascos), funds a program to fight global warming, it is discovered that the Earth's atmosphere is now 5 per cent methane. Multiple CMEs are bound to hit the Earth, ignite the methane, and suffocate every living thing on Earth. Foster, who is also a scientist, tries to convince his skeptical colleagues. The government officials and fellow scientist Joanna Parks (Joanne Kelly), his ex-wife, do not believe Foster either.

As the CMEs strike, it is determined that 25-megaton nuclear missiles fired at the North Pole will release vapor that will extinguish the methane flares. Fortunately, Foster knows a Russian Navy submarine captain who reluctantly lets him board his submarine. Foster explains that although satellite communication has been disabled, the submarine can communicate via a transatlantic telegraph cable located at a depth of 800m. The sub is designed to dive to 700m, but the captain tells his reluctant lieutenant to dive to 800m anyway. The submarine survives the dive with minor damage. Communication between the captain and the Russian president results in the latter, who has been informed of the situation by the American president, telling the captain to go ahead with the plan.

Meanwhile, the Russian submarine has detected a US Navy submarine. Before the Russian missiles can be launched, a lieutenant threatens the captain at gunpoint, but Foster wrestles the gun away. The Russian submarine is detected by the Americans, who threaten to attack if the it does not surrender. The Russian captain launches the missiles anyway, and the American submarine fires two torpedoes. The Russian submarine releases countermeasures that destroy the torpedoes, although the it suffers damage. The Americans finally realize that the Russians are friendly after learning of the presence of Foster.

The missiles arrive at the North Pole and the Earth is saved. At the end, Foster and his ex-wife hug; Foster's comment about going "down the aisle" suggests that they may renew their romantic relationship and re-marry.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Solar Attack under its original working title, Solar Strike, was shot in Hamilton and Toronto, Canada.[1] The HMCS Haida is seen in the last scene of the film, standing in for a U.S. Navy destroyer.[2]

Historical accuracy[edit]

Solar Attack claims that the ozone layer blocks CMEs, but it is actually the magnetosphere that blocks these charged solar particles.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "List of Films shot in Hamilton, Ontario". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved: January 29, 2008.
  2. ^ "HMCS Haida." Parks Canada. Retrieved: February 3, 2013.

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