Meteor

1979

Action / Drama / Sci-Fi / Thriller

40
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 7%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 12%
IMDb Rating 5 10 5935

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Cast

Sean Connery as Paul Bradley
Natalie Wood as Tatiana Donskaya
Henry Fonda as The President
Martin Landau as General Adlon
720p.BLU
809.48 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 48 min
P/S 2 / 7

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by BaronBl00d 5 / 10

Get a Piece of the Rock

Ill-fated disaster film about a five mile long meteor heading straight for Earth. Sean Connery heads an all-star cast trying to prevent the meteor with "hidden" space weapons owned by the Americans and the Russians. Lots of Cold War drama here in the film's backdrop, and while I do confess this film isn't particularly good - it isn't nearly as bad as many would have you believe. In point of fact, I found it entertaining. Ronald Neame directs with rather pedestrian flair, but the film is what it aims to be. A big budget, star laden disaster film with moments of suspense and a decent story with little depth. Connery isn't great but many of the cast do able jobs. I really liked Karl Malden's performance and Brian Keith's as a Russian scientist no less. The acting keeps this one from plummeting too far down, and the scenes with destruction are well-shot. The scene of the twin towers being destroyed even made me wince. What is wrong with the movie? Where in the world did the filmmakers get that awful soundtrack every time the meteor was shown? How about those crazy letters used for the opening credits and every day that passed by until the meteor was to hit? Much of these things give this film a very cheesy quality, but the acting and solid if nothing else direction make this better than one might hope. Perhaps. I got involved, enjoyed some of the characters, and let logic ease into a soft slumber. This is an old-fashioned popcorn movie from a bygone era. It will have little meaning to anyone who didn't grow up in the Cold War era as that plays very heavily in the story line. Richard Dysart, Martin Landeau(incredibly overacting), Sybil Danning, Trevor Howard, Natalie Wood, and even a brief visit from Henry Fonda as the president help make this such entertainment.

Reviewed by Sam Panico 2 / 10

Slowly the meteor comes...

Meteor was a BIG deal when released — tie-in toys, a pinball machine, a Marvel comic book — everything that a major 70s blockbuster needed. Some blame American-International Pictures name being on this as a reason for its failure, as people instantly expected cheese from AIP. Some blame the completely boring script. Others just think that everyone was sick of disaster films, as the 70s themselves were pretty much a disaster.

Nevertheless, Meteor is competently directed by Ronald Neame, who also helmed The Poseidon Adventure. But the characters never get much to do other than have a few minutes of development and then try and survive.

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Reviewed by cinemajesty 5 / 10

The end of an era

At a time of declining demands for visual disaster on the silver screen, a sixteen-million-dollar-production brings together an star ensemble led by Sean Connery to join a Ronald Neame directed picture "Meteor". The 1970s, a decade starting out with high-budgeted shallow Hollywood movies as "Airport" (1970) and a better directed "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972) or "The Towering Inferno" (1974) envisioned by John Guillermin had been exploring the limits of on-set pyro- and hydraulic techniques to establish a realistic experience for the audience worth a ticket at the box office apart from the emerging Avantgarde of independent productions as "The French Connection" (1971) directed by William Friedkin.

In the case of "Meteor" the expectations could hardly be fulfilled. A cast strapped to shut-in interior sets with an occasional exterior action sequence out of story-telling relevance beside the destruction itself. Director Roland Neame already finding his directorial peak with "The Odessa File" in 1974, coming from cinematographic backgrounds, did the job for hire to a doomed-to-fail script. When the previously mentioned disaster movies could count on physical elements as air, water or fire at hand to create destruction on a dosage, there had been "Meteor" in a hard-to-crack nut shell by cross-cutting into the distance of outer space in order to create a non-existing suspense for this particular picture.

A picture totally relying on the native giving charms of its cast, Sean Connery kept his head high as the character of Dr. Paul Bradley in collaboration with stand-clear professionalism of actor Karl Malden in the role of Harry Sherwood, hiring the best of their fields to solve the problem of an approaching asteroid on collision course with earth. Director Ronald Neame tried hard to keep the story visually attracted enough for the audience with shifting camera movements within space-monitoring observation rooms.

Nevertheless nothing could hide the fact that the spectators had been unable to identify with the approaching menace. A fact, which was picked up by J.J. Abrams in the 1990s to write the screenplay to "Armageddon" (1998), creating an enhanced story-line, where the star-spangled cast actually took on the death-bringing meteor heads on by getting rocket-shot into space. In retrospective, "Meteor" had been left alone as a relic of its time, the aftermath of an era of Hollywood disaster movies in the 1970s, which due to there high production costs paid the bills for every one involved.

© 2017 Felix Alexander Dausend (for Cinemajesty Entertainments LLC)

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