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Posted October 1, 2010
See the 1971 film instead
I wanted to like this mini-series. But wanting to like it isn’t the same as liking it. I expected better from something with Ridley Scott's name attached to it. Now that I’m reading the novel again, I’m reminded how good the 1971 film was. I think this was a missed opportunity. The original film had a focus that this version lacked. They could have dug deeper with what we know about science now, but instead they opted for numerous distracting storylines and blowing things up. Many times a mini-series can be better than the original, because it has the time to explore more details from the book. The mini-series of Stephen King’s The Shining was better and truer to the book than the Stanley Kubrick film. The same can also be said of the mini-series of East of Eden starring Jane Seymour, and the one of Jane Eyre starring Timothy Dalton. The Andromeda Strain could have been a very intelligent and exciting exploration of the novel. Instead they went for special effects, strange and irrational tangents, and an obvious political agenda. What were they thinking? I really have to ask. I wonder if the creators of this version of The Andromeda Strain wanted to twist Crichton’s story into an environmental cautionary tale in part to get back at him for his skeptical views on climate change. So far the only people who seem to have really liked this version are those who have not read the book or seen the 1971 film. I think when you’ve had steak, it’s very tough to settle for hamburger. At least this will inspire people to read Crichton’s novel and hopefully, discover his other books as well.
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Posted October 1, 2010
Read or see originals
The original movie and book were way, way better. I had great hope for this new movie but was greatly disappointed. Many of the premises for the subplots and main plot line were never revealed or had to be told to you, whereas the original version and the book revealed information in a much more satisfying and suspenseful way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.