Workaholic Dr. Jeremy Stone has to initialize the top-secret national emergency plan he devices in a facility also planned by him when a mysterious, viciously rapid disease strikes a Utah backwater, ...
Dr. Jeremy Stone's team desperately examines the staggeringly rapid and radical mutations of the Andromeda organism, which thus obtains carriers and eats trough anything, even the pilot's breathing ...
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In "The Andromeda Strain," a U.S. military satellite crashes in a small town and unleashes a deadly plague killing all but two survivors. As the military quarantines the area, a team of highly specialized scientists is assembled to find a cure to the pathogen code-named "Andromeda," and a reporter investigates a government conspiracy only to discover what he is chasing wants him silenced. Written by
In the source novel by Michael Crichton, the main scientists were mainly white (presumably) heterosexual men, but Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the teleplay for this remake made the decision to change the characters' ethnicities, sexualities, and genders because, he said in a May 2008 interview with Brent Hartinger on afterelton.com, "If you're going to update the story, which is our mandate, you have an obligation to reflect the world as it is." Schenkkan further said that he decided to include the brief reference to Keene (Ricky Schroder) being gay because of a principle invented by Crichton in the original novel, the "Odd Man Hypothesis," which states that in a time of crisis, an unmarried, unattached person [Crichton specified a man] with no family to distract him would have the best chance of making rational, unbiased, unemotional decisions. See more »
When comparing the victim diagnoses, Dr. Noyce states, "If Sylvie breathed rapidly long enough, carbon dioxide would build up in her system and she would become acidotic." This is incorrect. Rapid breathing (hyperventilation) causes carbon dioxide blood levels to decrease, creating alkalosis, which is essentially the opposite of acidosis. See more »
Hard to believe such a great book and movie could be ruined by infantile, cheap, melodramatic, two-dimensional writing, directing and camera-work, but this is a great example of how it can be done. Unwatchable. Pointless love story. Robotic characters. TV-style, quick-take, short-attention-spanning, wannabe thriller movie-making. One hopes the director and writer never get another TV credit again. Crichton should sue. I could tell from the first 30 seconds of the film that it was going to disappoint and be as predictable and unimaginative as it was. Not even HBO for pre-schoolers. See the original ASAP! IT can be watched ten times and not be as boring as this remake.
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