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The Andromeda Strain
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Starring: Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack, Christa Miller, Daniel Dae Kim
MPAA Rated: Not Rated
Released By: Universal Home Video
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want them to fear aliens.
Date Movie: She will probably snuggle with you.
Gratuitous Sex: Only a little talk.
Gratuitous Violence: There are some quality kills.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: A chuckle or two.
Memorable Scene: The "countdown to destruction" scene is stupid.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Mikael Salomom

Cool Things About the DVD

Anything? It's got some extra stuff, but unless you are a total sci-fi geek, you won't care.

The
 Andromeda Strain

A Movie/DVD Review

 

DVD Rated - Unrated

It's 3:54 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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.

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 destroy mankind.

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!! L8R!!!

 

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