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Spring 2008

Andromeda Strain (TV - 2008) telemovie review

Big Threats Come in Small Packages

The great cliche of the Twentieth Century was a government who took people from their homes and lives without explanation. In 1971 scientists were taken from surgical theatre and dinner party to a secret base far below a remote test farm to investigate The Andromeda Strain.

This biological hazard was introduced into the Earth's environment by a local doctor who opened a fallen satellite.

In 2008, we can still believe in secret protocols that keep the public in ignorance while death stalks them.

Advertising poster, Andromeda Strain (2008); Festivale review

Movie poster, Andromeda Strain; Festivale film review

It's A Bad Day To Be Human.

This is a retelling of the classic Michael Crichton tale is slick with technology and bristling with armed forces. The scientists are multi-cultural and both genders are well represented.

Longer than the original, and re-told in a more distrustful time, the 2008 version of The Andromeda Strain has more sub-plots, the threats are less simple and yet totally plausible.

The introduction of a journalist as a key character gives the public a voice and a presence in the adventure, and enables the film-makers to show much more of the consequences of the Andromeda strain on the world outside the laboratory.

Fascinating to watch, but it raises the question -- if we do not change the way we do business, will the future fact be more disastrous than past fiction?

Your kind of honour is kind of outdated, sir.

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by Ali Kayn
Due for Australian release May 2008
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See also: Andromeda Strain (1971); Sphere;

Just the facts:

Title: Andromeda Strain TV (2008)
Written by: Michael Crichton (novel); Robert Schenkkan (scr)
Directed by: Mikael Salomon
Running time: 180 mins
Rating: M

The Players: Benjamin Bratt, Eric McCormack, Christa Miller, Daniel Dae Kim, Viola Davis, Rick Schroder,

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