Film Reviews, Short Review

The Andromeda Strain (1971)


The Andromeda Strain is the kind of science-fiction film that was ten-a-penny back in the early ‘70s in the aftermath of 2001: A Space Odyssey. Directed by veteran Robert Wise (who had also helmed The Day the Earth Stood Still, one of the best ‘50s sci-fi film), The Andromeda Strain details the pursuit of a cure against a potentially planet-destroying microscopic alien life form that kills almost everything it comes into contact with by a team of experts. There are some excellent details here; the workaday actors (mostly career-long support players) make believable, fallible scientists, and the film’s focus on the forensic, machine-like nature of their research is fascinating, but it ultimately makes for a somewhat inert, dry, impersonal film in which little of note happens for more than two hours.


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