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      Category 6: Day of Destruction

      2004 2h 55m Action Mystery & Thriller Sci-Fi List
      Reviews 56% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings Residents of Chicago deal with a national blackout just as three extreme weather systems collide over the city. A few courageous people try to solve the riddle of infuriated nature and prevent mass destruction. Read More Read Less

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      Melanie McFarland Seattle Post-Intelligencer [Category 6: Day of Destruction], a miniseries one step beyond devastatingly awful. Mar 1, 2019 Full Review John Leonard New York Magazine/Vulture While not so wonderful to contemplate as the attack wolves in the deep-freeze Manhattan of The Day After Tomorrow, Category 6 nevertheless has a sort of raffish zombie charm, like the Chicago streets after the 1968 convention. Jan 23, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Kevin L My soul is dead. This movie is a marathon that ends in the pale gray purgatory of eternal regret. My friend and I like to watch bad movies together, so we found a movie with a "special appearance" by Randy Quaid. You know if that's the selling point of the movie, it's gonna be bad. Well now we're rethinking our choices. Maybe life is too short for bad movies. It's certainly too short for bad movies that are THREE hours long. It was fun to mock for maybe forty minutes, but once we realized it was the length of a Tolkien adaptation, our joy turned to bitter ashes. But still we persisted. Surely there will still be some entertaining moments. Sure, if watching sand fall through the hourglass while thinking of your eventual demise is entertaining. Learn from us, even for the bad movie aficionado, this is torture. Abandon all hope, ye who enter Category 6: Day of Destruction. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review sean g Love these great cheap movies, just a good story and some drama .. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Bad Science and stupid storyline are not hallmarks of a good movie. The technical details were written by a fourth grade science class. Read a book instead. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Passable made to TV movie aspires to tell a Michael Crichton type of story that educates and entertains the audience at the same time. The story is essentially in the classic disaster film mold (ALA "Earthquake" or "The Towering Inferno") featuring a varied cast of characters in various settings and roles in dealing with the titular category 6 storm. The main characters are energy grid executive Thomas Gibson and hungry young reporter Nancy "The Fact of Life" McKeon. There's also environmentalist congresswoman Dianne Wiest, national weather service head Brian Dennehy and then there's comic relief tornado chaser Randy Quaid. There really has never was been a great disaster film, but merely a number of entertaining ones. No one watches these movies for the characters or story. The only reason to really watch one is for the death and destruction and for a TV movie, this one does a decent enough of job, though it does get overly preachy in it's attempts at Michael Crichton-like educating, trying to cover everything from environmental abuses, global warming, nuclear energy, our aging power grid, hacking, sexism and corporate price rigging of energy prices to name a few. Stick with "Airport 77" (that's the one where they're on the bottom of the ocean, right?) or even "Hard Rain" (which actually told a crime story during a disaster instead of just focusing on the distruction) over this one. And one note to "Lost" fans. Oceanic Airlines makes an appearance in this film, though Oceanic has appeared in a number of films before "Lost" ever aired. It's a popular fake airline in movies because they can reuse footage. This film reused footage from "Executive Decision." Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review don s A CBS mini-series featuring Thomas Gibson (of Criminal Minds) and Nancy McKeon (Jo, my favorite of the Facts of Life girls). The premise is preposterous, however this disaster story is written well enough for you to care about the characters and almost feel the danger they are experiencing. Brian Dennehy is wonderful as the head of the Weather Service in Norman. Pretty darn good considering it was made for TV. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I was really surprised how good this movie was. Wasn't too happy that once the eye of the storm passed, then the way more severe weather that was to come after, never was shown. And im still wondering what happened to Tommy?? Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Residents of Chicago deal with a national blackout just as three extreme weather systems collide over the city. A few courageous people try to solve the riddle of infuriated nature and prevent mass destruction.
      Director
      Dick Lowry
      Genre
      Action, Mystery & Thriller, Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      2h 55m