In no way a masterpiece, “Storm of the Century” (1999) does represent one of the better made-for-tv movie/mini-series to spring from the mind of Stephen King. It also the only one – to my knowledge – which is not an adaptation but written directly for the small screen. Perhaps, it’s because of this that the film plays a lot better than previous efforts (ie. “The Stand”, “The Tommyknockers”), which were adaptations of thick tomes with a tendency to weigh down the narrative when adapted for a time-based medium. “Storm,” like its predecessors, is also a bit slow at times, somewhat preachy, but still engaging, emotional and mature. Additionally, it features good production values (lacking in previous productions) and flesh-and-blood performances from the cast, all of whom are well-chosen for their respective parts.