The Andromeda Strain Reviews
Michael Crichton and a young Steven Spielberg are all over this nonsense, and it shows.
The script lets you understand the starchy experts as strong yet frail and understanding humans, and unknowingly you slowly begin to care about them and their plight. A creeping anxiety rises as you try to figure out what is going on here, right along with the scientists.
Great nuanced characters, tight intelligent script, taut direction, this one is still a winner if you are willing to hop on the rollercoaster, follow its lead to the nail-biter finale, and forgive some kitschy 70s bits.
...In comparison, I was appalled by a cheesy, tension-free, careless mess that was supposedly a 2008 update.
That one SUCKS.
Out-of-Work actors phoning it in while on vacation. It aggravate s me just thinking about how stupid it was when the original was so well done...
Back To the original -its dated, yes, but Brilliant, all the way thru. In fact, I've just talked myself into watching it again - the adult one this time...
-its not THAT adult, btw..lol
4 pairs of moon boots out of 5
Wateched this on 21/6/16
One of the most overlooked sci-fi films of all time and it is such a joy and astonishment at equal parts to think that a film of such intelligence was made in the 70s. This is truly remarkable, because this big budget film is academic, genuine sci-fi that fans of the genre would so much love to watch. Moreover, the film has stood the test of time and it is frequently engaging to keep up the tension throughout.
Michael Critchon's novel is brought to the screen with an air of stifling paranoia set against colour-coordinated costumes and backgrounds. The film's set design is stunning and endlessly influential, but it's director Robert Wise's subdued storytelling and serene, slow-burning clarity which turn Critchon's chaotic mystery into a beguiling clinical fantasy.
Think old-school sci-fi paired up with a nonsense-extraction machine.