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Meteor (1979)

Director:
Ronald Neame
COUNTRY
USA / Hong Kong
GENRE
Disaster/Sci-Fi
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Mekanikeren
RUNNING TIME
107 minutes
Producer:
Arnold Orgolini
Theodore R. Parvin
Run Run Shaw
Screenwriter:
Stanley Mann
Edmund H. North


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dr. Paul Bradley Sean Connery
Tatiana Donskaya Natalie Wood
Harry Sherwood Karl Malden
Dr. Dubov Brian Keith
General Adlon Martin Landau
Sir Michael Hughes Trevor Howard
Secretary of Defense Richard Dysart
The President Henry Fonda
General Easton Joseph Campanella

 

Review

This sci-fi yarn about an asteroid on collision course with earth may not be ideally titled, but in return it is matter-of-factly and politically objective, in stark contrast to the two similarly plotted films from the 1990s, Armageddon and Deep Impact. Meteor's rationality is admirable, but also makes the film academical, almost pedantic at times, as doctors Sean Connery and Brian Keith discuss the theoretical aspects of their rescue mission. There's some fun action in here too, however, most of it on a far more macro level than in the aforementioned 90s films, and thanks to at times impressive miniature visuals, they are not at all ineffective. Fine supporting work by Martin Landau and Karl Malden elevate the drama, and Russian doctor Keith's conversations with Connery via interpreter Natalie Wood remain a fascinating oddity, even if the so-called romance between the latter two falls completely flat.

Copyright 10.10.2014 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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