SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION
THE TERROR BENEATH
Seeds of Destruction quickly falls into the formula established by these Syfy disaster films. A couple of faded tv or film stars cast as the heroes of the hour; some type of natural or man-made disaster that goes out of control threatening the entire world; a plan to defeat it that usually involves trusting someone with a whacky discredited theory; the race against time to gather vital intel and/or activate the device/scheme that will save everything; all of the action interspersed with canned pieces of action as the heroes race to save things, which usually involves them being shot at by people for some portion of the film. There is also somewhere in there the villain, or at least officious and self-interested official who is preventing the right things from being done for their own reasons and invariably gets devoured by the menace of the show.
Seeds of Destruction churns through these cliche elements with a dull predictability. The giant runaway plant growth is not terribly interesting as a central menace. The CGI effects are cheaply competent but rather repetitive and dull. Most of the film consists of the various characters running around fleeing the menace in their vehicles and managing to just stay metres ahead of racing faultlines. What the film might be noted for is the blithe tossing in of completely whacky explanations with a flick of the pen and delivered in perfect straight face by the cast theyre seeds from the Garden of Eden, or where Adrian Pasdar casually announces we need someone to hack the DMV.
Elsewhere, Paul Ziller has made the genre likes of Pledge Night/A Hazing in Hell (1988), Breaking Point (1993), Virtual Seduction (1995), Snakehead Terror (2004), Solar Attack (2005), Swarmed (2005), Android Apocalypse (2006), Baal (2008), Beyond Loch Ness (2008), Troglodyte (2008), Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon (2008), Polar Storm (2009), Ice Quake (2010), Stonehenge Apocalypse (2010), Collision Earth (2011), Garden of Evil (2011), Ghost Storm (2011), Iron Golem (2011) and The Philadelphia Experiment (2012).