Meteor

Synopsis: Brace Yourself For The Biggest Catastrophe The World Has Ever Seen!

Outer space can hardly contain all the stars who round out the extraordinary cast in this spellbinding thriller about a five-mile-wide meteor on a catastrophic collision course with earth. Natalie Wood and Oscar winners Sean Connery, Karl Malden, Martin Landau and Henry Fonda shine in this “thoroughly engrossing” (The Hollywood Reporter), sci-fi special effects spectacular that rockets across the screen like a speeding comet.

A brilliant scientist, Dr. Paul Bradley (Connery) is summoned to Washington by NASA chief Harold Sherwood (Malden), who informs him that a huge meteor will smash into earth in six days. The only chance to destroy the meteor is to work with the Soviets, revealing to them top secrets. But as the clock is ticking, fragments of the meteor split off and come crashing to earth, causing enormous damage. And as avalanches and tidal waves take a devastating toll, Bradley works against all odds to eliminate the greatest threat the world has ever known.
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Meteor 7.0

Weird. A B-movie featuring what one might think are A-list actors (Sean Connery, Henry Fonda, Martin Landau, Nathalie Wood). I mean, American International Pictures doesn’t seem like the type of company you could entrust with an Armageddon-type film, so what gives? How did they get these people to agree to make this trash?

Anyway, it might explain the poor dialogue, crappy sets, and the special effects that weren’t always convincing (were they even up to snuff at that point in time, post ‘Star Wars’?). Not exactly ‘The Piano’ or ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ is it?

…and yet I kind of liked it. I tend to be a sucker for disaster movies, though. But I like my disaster movies to be ensemble casts. And I mean at least a dozen well-known people – not FOUR. And I like a lot of disaster – not interminable scenes of people watching monitors while special effects simulate space stuff.

And yet…

Hmmm… I’m vascillating between 6.5 and 7.0 because I was falling asleep at the end, so I’m not exactly the best person to ask an opinion from (for the record, I was REALLY tired – it has nothing to do with the movie). But, for the sake of expediency I give it a 7.0.

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