Grand Duke wrote:
Dark City - fairly unknown Kiefer Sutherland film from early 90's. V good,
Phase IV - 70's film about super-clever ants in the desert.
The Andromeda Strain - Based on a Michael Crichton book. Killer virus escapes in secret underground research lab. Another 70's film.
I don't remember much from Dark City, too tired when I watched it.
But I remember Phase 4 and The Andromeda strain very vividly, have seen them both more than once. I can't believe I forgot to mention them! Phase 4
impressed with the excellent use of live ants (impossible to train) in action and giving the impression that they are acting intelligently.
The Andromeda Strain
is the mother of all alien infection movies. It focuses very much on the scientific battle to overcome the threat, which makes it to me so much better than later virus scare products like Outbreak
. (Incidentally, the infective agent in The Andromeda Strain was a crystalline entity, not a virus).
When talking about Michael Crichton's books, I guess Jurassic Park
also qualifies as a Sci-fi film, because futuristic pseudo science is used to clone dinosaurs. I thoroughly enjoyed it even though in the movie the scientific explanations take a back seat to the action.
I wonder if anyone has an opinion about Zero Population Growth
and THX 1138