Boston comes under attack from unconvincing CGI tornadoes, hurling what looks like styrofoam rocks - which either kill people or wobble and randomly explode like bombs. Can the city be saved by a high school science teacher and a TV weatherman? And is it just me who thinks the name of this movie is cringe making?
This is very much a low-budget made-for-TV disaster movie, which relies heavily on CGI effects and clever camera angles to suggest 'massive crowds' using a handful of extras.
While it isn't boring to watch, it's all a bit hard to swallow, and is topped off with a generous sprinkling of disaster movie cliches. The acting is generally ok, but the special effects are unconvincing and cheap looking. The massive twister looks like someone tried to recreate water swirling down a plughole, with flying rocks cut & pasted on afterwards. Powerful winds suck people and objects into the sky, but somehow branches on trees don't even move. Residents seem to be blissfully unaware of, or indifferent to, the freak weather conditions destroying the city. And a highly dangerous warhead is simply handed to an untrained civilian for him to sort things out.
A couple of scenes made me laugh, but it's very hard to know if these were meant to be tongue in cheek, or just unintentionally funny.
There's not really much more that can be said about Stonados. Despite the poor effects and cliches, it wasn't fun enough to be a 'so bad it's good' movie. It's mildly entertaining, but I found the plot unconvincing and annoying at times. 2/5