Now that I am on annual leave I have some movies I’ve had recorded for ages to watch and one of them is this classic from 1979.
Being a 70s disaster movie it had a host of big names, no doubt like Swarm, all doing the movie for the big pay cheque, but they did come up with a b movie classic.
The movie has Sean Connery, Brian Keith, Karl Malden, Henry Fonda, Natalie Wood, Martin Landau and Trevor Howard to name a few. The basis of the movie is as the title suggests, a huge Meteor threatening the planet with a lot of Cold War narrative thrown in for good measure, and the traditional very stupid military general, American of course.
The dialogue is grim and cringe worthy for most of the film, the actors ham it up big time and look bored for the most part. Brian Keith plays a Russian scientist who only speaks Russian with Natalie Wood his interpreter, this gets annoying after about 10 minutes. Sean Connery plays the other scientist and is pretty much angry for most of the film, Bond he ain’t in this film.
The special effects by today’s standards are pretty poor but again for the time they are similar in standard to the Black Hole, not great but I have seen worse. The special effects come into their own as disasters strike the world which is played out in avalanches, tsunamis , earthquakes etc in various nations around the world and is actually pretty ambitious for the movie.
However, spoiler alert, the Russians and the Americans have secret nuclear missiles in space pointing down at each other and can change their direction to fire at the meteor. Don’t you just hate when that happens lol. Anyway it’s up there as a classic for me, I love these old disaster movies and can feel an Airplane 77 coming on soon.
So, I’m off to Italy, then Manchester in a couple of days so if I blog it will just be some photos from Sicily and the home of The Smiths.