The Andromeda Strain

1971

The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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A satellite crashes near a small Arizona town, bringing with it a deadly alien virus in this science fiction thriller based on Michael Crichton's novel. After the townspeople are wiped out by the contagion, a team of scientists bands together to eliminate the virus before it spreads nationwide.

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Critic Reviews for The Andromeda Strain

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6)

Despite its trappings, the plot employs nothing but the conventional weaponry of the grade-B thriller.

Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Robert Wise brings his Academy Award-winning sobriety and meticulousness to a pulp tale that cries out for the slapdash vigor of a Roger Corman.

Nov 5, 2008 | Full Review…

Nelson Gidding's adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel is too literal and talky.

Nov 5, 2008 | Full Review…
Variety
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Wise does rather plod through the plot.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Nothing very exciting goes on.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Splendid entertainment that will get you worried about whether they'll be able to contain that strange blob of alien green crystal.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Andromeda Strain

½

The first alien invasion could be of a virus. Could be. That's writer Michael Crichton's conjectural basis for this interesting foray into sci-fi. Luckily we here in the good ol' U.S. of A. probably have a super secret underground facility somewhere out in the desert ready to tackle just such a eventuality. Not only is it super secret, it's underground. And in the desert. It's probably run by a super secret computer, too. One that talks. And they can do just about anything there. Betcha. It's this kid-in-the-backyard-gee-whiz kind of wonder that starts this baby up, but too much of a good thing cuts into plot development, don't it ... maybe they can remake it.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

Wise and Gidding (director and screenwriter) succesfully repeat the formula applied when adapting the psychological horror classic "The Haunting". A concise emphasis in human drama and scientific verosimilitud over a seemingly far-fetched subject. Tense and paranoid atmosphere that grows in its final stages, despite the overload of dialogue. An adrenaline-pounding thriller.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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A very serious sci-fi thriller about an alien virus on Earth. Somewhat boring in places, but overall a really good movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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I've seen this film years ago, but I suppose I'd never really "seen" it. This truly is a science-fiction film like few others. The characters are all played by unknowns and they're all older, unlike some sci-fi films of late which leading scientists in the world are in their mid-20's with personal baggage overshadowing the main star of the film; the virus. The date/time stamps during the film give it a documentary feel here and there which makes the viewer feel as if they are as much in a hurry as the scientists. The electronic score adds to the early 70's sci-fi feel and perfectly compliments the look, and damn does it look cool in only the way director Robert Wise could make it. If you haven't seen this film, rent it, pop some popcorn, draw the blinds and enjoy one of the more interesting science thrillers from the early 1970s. Photobucket

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