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Despite its trappings, the plot employs nothing but the conventional weaponry of the grade-B thriller.
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.
Nelson Gidding's adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel is too literal and talky.
Wise does rather plod through the plot.
Nothing very exciting goes on.
Splendid entertainment that will get you worried about whether they'll be able to contain that strange blob of alien green crystal.
Gidding's script prioritises the scientific process over any kind of drama or character, and the bulk of the movie which details this process can seriously plod.
Robert Wise's version of Chrihton's popular novel is a decent (but no more) film, with some good art design.
Uma ficção-científica inteligente, para adultos, que usa a "ficção" como trampolim para sua fascinante "ciência". E a direção de arte é um espetáculo à parte, mesmo que datada.
An intriguing, suspenseful story is somewhat hampered by a dull cast. The last sequence will have you on the edge of your seat.
Wise (and Crichton) concoct the most absorbing, riveting take on science fiction tempered with science fact.
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.
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.
A very serious sci-fi thriller about an alien virus on Earth. Somewhat boring in places, but overall a really good movie.
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.
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