Wednesday, February 26, 2020

"The Andromeda Strain (1971) Virus Explained" from Film Comics

FilmComicsExplained : “The Andromeda Strain (1971) Virus Explained

This is a detailed review of the 1971 Robert Wise film (20th Century Fox) of the book which Michael Crichton wrote in medical school and became a hit in 1969.  That’s on my legacy doaskdotell site.  I have a review of the TV series remake on my “cf” blog, May 26, 2008.

The virus comes from a spacecraft at high altitude returning, and it destroys a small town in Arizona, by destroying the small blood vessels of its victims (like Ebola).  But in fact it is a radioactive virus that converts matter to energy and vice versa.

The team goes into an underground biocontainment chamber.  With each level the team undergoes more commitment, including depilation by a photoflash and then “body analysis”.  At the end of the film, the entire facility has to self-destruct to save the world.
The video also discusses the “Resident Evil” virus concept briefly as similar.
It seems fitting today.

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