Parents' Guide to

The Andromeda Strain

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

'70s book-based sci-fi classic has violence, peril.

Movie G 1971 131 minutes
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This movie is a sci-fi bonanza -- a two-for-one package delivering both pandemic fear and outer space alien attack, a perfect combo to fuel worries about real and imagined threats of today. Kids already jittery about the 24/7 newsfeed on the current health crisis may not need this to rattle their nerves further, but some may find solace in tracking the scientists as they address their challenge with reason and step-by-step scientific method. The Andromeda Strain's emphasis on the detail-heavy research procedures can be calming, sending the message that smart people are in charge, trying to save humanity, and we can feel good about that.

But for most of the two-hours-plus action, the procedures can feel like a real slog. Swifter editing might have made the journey more palatable for an audience waiting to learn if humankind will survive. Things do heat up again in the last 10 minutes, so some may feel the slog was worth it.

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