Sunday, January 20, 2008
I watched The Andromeda Strain the other day on DVD - GREAT Sci-Fi classic! I'm really surprised it's not more popular even today. Despite some highly dated effects and performances, this movie (based on the 1970 Michael Crichton novel) still holds up as one of the high points of the genre.
When a small town in New Mexico experiences a mysterious plague that kills all it's citizens dead in their tracks, the government brings in a team of specialists to figure out what caused it and how to stop it. What they find could mean the annihilation of the entire human race.
Sure, it's no Star Wars, Star Trek or Jurassic Park, but it's brilliant direction by Robert Wise (editor of Citizen Kane (1941), and director of The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) and Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)), all-star effects by Douglas Trumbul (2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), and Blade Runner (1982)) and many more assets from a team of greats makes this a film worth watching.
Rent the DVD and be sure to watch the bonus features about the making of the film and a portrait of Michael Crichton.