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Not everyone will have the patience for Solar Crisis; in many ways, it lands on the not-so-good end of the B-movie spectrum. Possibly something got lost in translation between the American crew and the Japanese producers. The premise: a giant solar flare is threatening to end all life on Earth. Our only hope is an antimatter bomb launched into the sun to trigger the flare prematurely. A greedy corporate concern (headed by Peter Boyle as a somewhat doofy antichrist) sabotages the mission. Meanwhile, the mission leader is under additional pressure--his admiral father (Charlton Heston) has descended to the near-apocalyptic Earth to rescue his son (Corin Nemec) who has gone AWOL from his military academy. Jack Palance gives the best performance in the film as a half-crazy desert dweller who rescues the son from the cruel environment and the corporate goons. Story sound a little complicated? Wait till you get to the "intelligent bomb" subplot.

This movie has high hopes and some interesting moments, but can't make up its mind whether it's a Mad Max-style end-of-the-world movie, an Outland-style space thriller, or a Blade Runner-style "soul of the robot" meditation. It's none of the above. Best viewed after midnight. --Grant Balfour


Tim MathesonSteve Kelso
Charlton HestonAdm. 'Skeet' Kelso
Peter BoyleArnold Teague
Annabel SchofieldAlex Noffe
Corin NemecMike Kelso
Jack PalanceTravis
Dorian HarewoodBorg
Paul KosloHaas

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Director: Alan Smithee
  • Producer: TriMark
  • Length: 111 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1990
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 24, 1999
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