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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Directed by:
Robert Wise
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Science Fiction/Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Andromeda-trusselen

RUNNING TIME
130 minutes

Produced by:
Robert Wise

Written by (based on the novel by Michael Crichton):
Nelson Gidding


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dr. Jeremy Stone Arthur Hill
Dr. Charles Dutton David Wayne
Dr. Mark Hall James Olson
Dr. Ruth Leavitt Kate Reid
Karen Anson Paula Kelly
Jackson George Mitchell
Major Arthur Manchek Ramon Bieri -
Dr. Robertson Kermit Murdock -
Grimes Richard O'Brien -

 

Review

Michael Crichton's first best-selling novel was turned into this now classic apocalyptic sci-fi movie by director and producer Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, The Sound of Music). His directorial and editing style draws inspiration from 20th century newsreels, which turns out to be a rather neat and effective trick. Once the concept is established about a deadly extraterrestrial organism found in rural New Mexico, and the scientists who subsequently try to control and analyse it The Andromeda Strain turns into a rare breed of big-budget visuals and low-budget actors doing solid work. More than half the film is set in a high-tech lab environment, in which Wise has no qualms with expecting you to be his attentive student. There is little action, but lots of tension and scientific talk. And along with the lavish futuristic sets this tricks you into believing or at least feeling the peril. The four principal scientists are played by a solid quartet of relatively unknown actors, the most convincing of which may well be James Olson as the surgeon Dr. Mark Hall. Remade as a negatively received TV miniseries in 2008, starring Benjamin Bratt.

Copyright 05.01.2024 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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