By:Frederick C. Szebin
Date: Saturday, June 09, 2001

Robert Wise's film, based on Michael Crichton's novel, recounts a scientific crisis brought about when a NASA probe used to collect high-altitude microorganisms crashes in the Nevada desert, instantly killing everyone in a small community except for an elderly drunkard and a crying baby. Project Wildfire, a state of the art scientific facility, is called in to find a cure for the microorganism Andromeda before it can unleash its unstoppable fury across the globe, but the researchers are stymied time and again on what makes Andromeda tick, and why only an old Sterno drinker and a crying baby should have survived when everyone else literally dropped dead in their tracks. A cautionary tale about the dangers of biological weapons, this science fiction thriller (which foreshadowed the '90s craze with 'virus' books, films, and TV shows like OUTBREAK and THE HOT ZONE) has lost none of its impact all these years later.