The Andromeda Strain (2008)
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Critic Reviews for The Andromeda Strain
For every admirable bit of solid sci-fi drama, there's a clunky slice of overwrought rubbish that reminds us we're watching a goofy TV movie.
It's very tough for me to not enjoy apocalypse films, and this was time well spent...
Audience Reviews for The Andromeda Strain
In 2008, The Scott brothers, along with the master of the mini-series, Mikael Salomon, decided to remake the 1969 debut novel and 1971 film, The Andromeda Strain, written by famed Jurassic Park author, Michael Crichton. The film was in serious need of an upgrade, and while the new technology really enhanced the film, making it all the more believable, the updates to the story along with the new characters that were introduced, really did the original story a disservice. The basic story was not changed, just modernized, and for that we are very thankful. The story was always a terrific tale of Science Fiction and an early message about the damage we are doing to our planet. I like how the story was updated and I loved the technological advancements. What I didn't like was how much they changed the cast. They wanted to make them more diverse and I don't have a problem with that, but this is not a story that focuses on individuals, it's more about the virus, the technology, and the human impact on our planet. In that sense, I felt it hurt the series, but the technology enhanced it, evening things out. The original novel and movie were 4 stars, and so is the remake. It's different, but there wasn't much harm done, the way you often see in remakes. I think Michale Crichton would have approved.
An unidentified contagion that causes its victims to die almost instantly crash lands in the back woods of the USA creating a race against time to contain its deadly effects. A 3 hour mini series produced by brothers Ridley and Tony Scott, The Andromeda Strain is based on a book by Michael (Jurassic Park) Crichton. The first half of the story is actually very promising, with an intriguing premise and eerie scenes of desolation in the aftermath of the impact on a small town. The solid if solidly small screen bound cast do adequate jobs and the direction and visual effects are stylish enough. Unfortunately the second half descends into ridiculous B-movie melodrama as the interesting science bound mystery is replaced by unconvincingly contrived races against time and gratuitous explosions. It reminded me a little of those two part X Files in the later series that served up nice ideas in the first part just to screw it up in the second with contrived and unbelievable plot twists and pointless running around. Far from the worst TV sci-fi you're going to see, but the movie was a lot better (and shorter).
I can't begin to say all that is bad about this extremely long terribly boring mini-series. First off the script is terrible. Besides the script even the effects and the acting is wooden. This wouldn't be as bad if it weren't for the fact that you have to endure this for 4 HOURS!!! Well... not counting commercials it is probably ONLY 3 hours but even still it is just not watching. It made me fell asleep from watching for hours.
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