The Andromeda Strain
Movie Stats & Links
||Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack,
Christa Miller, Daniel Dae Kim
Universal Home Video
||Only if you want
them to fear aliens.
||She will probably
snuggle with you.
||Only a little
||There are some
||A chuckle or two.
||The "countdown to
destruction" scene is stupid.
Cool Things About the DVD
||It's got some
extra stuff, but unless you are a total sci-fi geek, you
Watching a "made for TV" movie on DVD is kind of weird,
simply because the movie canít fully flow as "commercial
break" pauses are prevalent throughout, but I have to say
that if you are looking for a decent "This is the end of
mankind" kind of movie, in the spirit of "Star Trek: The
Next Generation" episodes, put the 2008 version of "The Andromeda
Stain" on your list of DVDís to watch. And sure, I hate to
put the "Star Trek" reference in there, but like most TV
shows, "The Andromeda Strain" gives you about two hours and
thirty minutes of set-up, conflict, theories, and then is
able to wrap up the solution for the devastating problem in
about fifteen minutes. Such is TV sometimes.
A Movie/DVD Review
Hereís the storyÖ
A satellite crashes to Earth and suddenly a small town of
people finds itself dead. Also finding themselves dead are
the first military folks to find themselves in the town.
Itís now time to bring in the scientists, including Dr.
Stone (Benjamin Bratt in a role I kinda like him in), Dr.
Noyce (Christa Miller in full "I have to overact" role), and
a few more, seeming to have to fight, of course, with the
government folks, especially General Mancheck (Andre
Braugher), who donít want to give the scientist folks the
necessary information to solve what might be something to
Low and behold, as the story plays out, "The Andromeda
Strain" deals with all kinds of things, like wormholes and
creatures at the bottom of the oceans, and as our scientist
folks decipher all of the clues, damn, wouldnít you know it,
they are in a super-sealed bunker where a simple accident
might also destroy humanity.
This DVD review will be quick because I will simply say
that as much as "The Andromeda Strain" has lots of potential
as a "here comes the end of humanity" movie, it so much
loses itself in becoming totally predictable, especially as a
"made for TV" movie (although being an A&E TV movie does
allow for some quality kills), complete with a
"self-destruct" sequence, with countdown music, when Dr.
Stone, thankfully, is able to save the world with only a
couple of seconds left before we are doomed.
Iíd say you should rent it, but the extras on the DVD
arenít that spectacular, so maybe you should just wait for
A&E to replay the mini-series, and find out why we might
want to pay attention to what is really going on at the
International Space Station.
This DVD gets 2 Ĺ stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím the Dude on the Right!!