A government experiment has gone wrong and it is up to a discredited scientist, from whom the government stole research, to convince them of the danger on the horizon and find a way to save Earth. With a huge fireball headed for Earth, it is only a matter of hours until life is wiped out.
Matthew Modine (Dr. Ranger), Maxim Roy (Dr. Whitlow), Ted Whittall (Sec. Lee), Trevor Hayes (Jack), Kate Drummond (Beverly), Kalinka Petrie (Karen Ranger), Spiro Malandrakis (Tim), Alain Goulem (President), Susan Hogan (VP), Francis McCarthy (Governor).
Category 8 starts off looking like an Asylum film but as things progress it actually does somewhat better. The storyline is a bit tough to swallow but at the same time, that is what a sci-fi fantasy film is all about. As the story continues the plot and characters are fairly well developed. The film moves along at a decent pace with a nice mix of action and drama but never really builds to the suspense or tension level you might expect from a deadly disaster film.
Acting was mediocre in this one. Modine felt like he lacked sincerity and was quite over the top at times. Roy was okay but felt like she could have contributed more. Whittall played a good antagonist throughout. Malandrakis did nicely and showed good potential. The remainder of the supporting cast were okay but could have used a bit more experience.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were reasonable given the apparent production and budget for the film. Effects were a mix with some being pretty good while others were quite poorly done. Physical effects were mildly better with some decent action scenes. Dialogue was a bit thin and felt pointless at times. Sound and soundtrack were okay.
If you are looking for intense action and high suspense, Category 8 might leave you disappointed. If on the other hand you like some action and drama without mental challenge, this one is for you.
Some intense action and mild gore are the only things limiting audience age here so teens and above should be fine.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: TV Shows, Miniseries, TV Action & Adventure, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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