Aftershock: Earthquake in New York
In the tradition of the epic disaster movies of the 1970s, this CBS mini-series weaves several melodramas in and out of a Manhattan brought to ruins by a massive earthquake. A determined mother (Sharon Lawrence) searches the rubble for her gimpy son; a young street tough tries to save an injured old woman (Cicely Tyson); an immigrant cab driver protects a pretty dancer (Jennifer Garner); and (this writer's favorite) a young public defender (Lisa Nicole Carson) is trapped in the subway with a client (J.R. Bourne) she got off on a murder rap, but who now is acting very suspicious (!). Although it takes a needless three hours to juggle its many plots, Aftershock oozes with exactly the same kind of amusing, earnest-yet-campy heroics that salvaged previous disaster successes like The Towering Inferno. However, Inferno and its big-budget ilk also relied on the star charisma of actors like Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, and Fred Astaire. Aftershock doesn't have Frick, Frack, or Fruck only the less magnetic Tom Skerrit and Charles S. Dutton as New York City's feuding fire chief and mayor. Presented in its native 1.33:1 full screen and 2.0 Dolby Surround. Includes a textual supplement providing earthquake preparedness tips. Keep case.