Get ready for heart-pounding action, incredible special effects and edge-of-your-seat suspense! When renowned scientist Dr. Lehman (Christopher Lloyd, Back to the Future) makes the terrifying discovery that a meteor three ... more »times the size of Mount Everest is plummeting towards Earth, he begins a desperate quest to save humanity. Battling government corruption and racing against the clock, Lehman and his assistant (Marla Sokoloff, ?The Practice?) strive to uncover the truth and avoid disaster of unparalleled proportions. Featuring a powerhouse cast, including Stacy Keach (?Prison Break?), Billy Campbell (?Once and Again?), Jason Alexander (?Seinfeld?) and Michael Rooker (JFK), Meteor is the ultimate adrenaline-charged adventure.
"It's unfortunate that Amazon doesn't allow for negative ratings, as this made-for-TV miniseries doesn't even deserve one star.
It's hard to know where to start with this one. First of all, the writing for this movie is atrocious. There are factual errors, logical errors and plot holes so bad that you'd swear they had to have been put there on purpose, because no one would mistakenly write something so wrong.
Then there's the direction. There are some very talented actors in this movie, and yet they act as if they're making a silent movie-era melodrama -- overacting to the extreme, making bizarre facial expressions, etc. Without revealing any spoilers, let's just say that one of the characters dies in the second half of the miniseries, and as he dies his body is wracked with convulsions that look like a stagehand is poking him with an electric cattle prod. It's actually funny. And what's with those unlabeled maps that seem to show the location of one of the scenarios? It's like the CGI department ran out of money and they left in half-finished interstitials.
I guess the most egregious fault with this miniseries, though, is the fact that it is completely BORING. So much of the narrative has nothing to do with anything else that occurs that it feels as if they took a two-hour TV movie and tried to stretch it to four hours by padding it with random unrelated storylines.
Oh, yeah, and the basic premise of this, a giant piece of space rock hurtling toward the Earth, has been done to death already.
So PLEASE don't waste your money on this piece of garbage. Buy DVDs of quality television. Heck, buy DVDs of mediocre television. Just don't reward the producers of this movie by giving them your money."
If you're looking for a remake, don't look here.
The Angry American | Charlotte, NC USA | 10/16/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The 1979 theatrical release "Meteor" has been routinely mentioned among the worst movies of all time. Thankfully, this is not a remake of "Meteor", but more of a reimagining of the same concept moved forward in time 30 years.
The scenario is roughly the same. Earth is facing annihilation as a giant rock hurtles towards it. Scientists and the military join forces to try and stop it. That's where the similarities end. This "Meteor" does not feature the Cold War tension of the Russians; it doesn't have the cool orbiting missile platforms Hercules and Peter the Great; and it doesn't have heart. At least with the first "Meteor", the characters were easier to care about.
This movie includes a fine cast, headlined by Jason Alexander, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, and Ernie Hudson. And though Maria Sokoloff is easy on the eyes, her character began to grate on me. I kept thinking that Janaya Stephens may have been better suited for the role. And the special effects were pretty good, considering that it would be very difficult for anyone to actually capture what would happen the moment a piece of rock or a swarm of smaller rocks hit Earth.
I give the movie three stars mainly because it isn't that bad for what it is. For someone like me who loves this type of movie, choices (good or bad) are few and far between."
Ms. Jm Taylor | England | 10/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had never seen this film before and I am so glad I bought it. Such a rollercoster of a film very exciting right to the very end so much much happens very thrilling I have watched it 3 times so far and I can say I have enjoyed it each time. If you like a good disaster I recommend you buy this film I give it *****."
StarrFighter! | 08/09/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I am watching the last 30 min of this TV movie as I type this. It is rare that I come onto a website like this to review anything, but you must know that Meteor is really, REALLY bad. It is poorly written, poorly acted, makes poor use of every cliche plot device, reuses the same poor FX shots a good 30 times over... Heck, I think the once-per-minute faux Google Earth shots add up to 20 minutes of screen time all on their own.
But I say this- I am also enjoying it plenty. It is making me laugh. I recommend a few glasses of wine before watching, however. It did wonders for me, though."
METEOR: Been There, Done That
Joseph A. Jenkins Jr. | Forestville, MD United States | 03/10/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"When I saw that Christopher Lloyd was in this movie I thought it might hold some promise, but his part is little more than a cameo. The film is pretty bad. I would not be surprised to hear he walked away from the project.
There are various story-lines and all of them are hard to believe. There is the researcher with her notebook computer who has trajectory codes that no one can figure out. Why did she go north anyway when she could have called from home? She faces rapists and murders along the way, although there are really no sex scenes to worry about. A policeman has to chase down his former partner who is on a killing spree. The incompetent cop allows the guy to get away again and again, raising the murder count. Then there is a family with a kid at a hospital. Talk about a bad day... a meteor ruins their house... knocks over the school bus... hits the hospital... etc. I kept thinking that about two hours of material could be removed and we would have a better and more coherent film. As for the meteor or asteroid itself, missiles are fired to save the planet... AFTER IT HAS ENTERED THE ATMOSPHERE!!! Sorry, even the science does not wash. Missiles would not vaporize such objects entirely, either. Even if pushed aside, gravity tidal forces would still tear the earth apart. This movie is bad story-telling, bad acting and bad science.
As for the special effects, they are cheesy at best, no doubt due to budget restraints. We see a meteor heading for the International Space Station, but then the scene cuts away. Contact is lost, but there are no visuals. In any case, does anyone else think this genre has been repeated to death?"