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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 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.

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  • Actors: Billy Campbell, Marla Sokoloff, Christopher Lloyd, Michael Rooker, Stacy Keach
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Rhi Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002C6VMIE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Meteor" on IMDb

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By The Angry Charlottean on October 16, 2009
Format: DVD
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 Marla Sokoloff is easy on the eyes, her character began to grate on me. 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.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By DVD buff on July 20, 2009
Format: DVD
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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 8, 2009
Format: DVD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Rayworth on April 4, 2011
Format: DVD
To make this typical disaster movie a mini-series, they were kind of forced to turn it into a soap opera just to add in enough filler to make it work. Yeah, they did it. However, we got strapped with a bunch of hokey story threads that were typical 70's Towering Inferno/Poseidon Adventure/(place your typical disaster flick here) fare that if tightened up, could have been a lot better as a two hour movie.

I'll have to admit I still have a weakness for these movies, especially on SyFy and on a Saturday afternoon that was supposed to be a telescope observing weekend called off by crummy weather. I was really hoping for some kind of icky bug, but beggars can't be choosers and at least it wasn't another slasher flick, some stupid vampire story, or another dreaded Stephen King love fest. Thank you SyFy!

The plot has a gigantic asteroid knocked out of its orbit by an errant comet and it plunges toward earth. Not in itself impossible. However, blowing it up with missiles so close to Earth is beyond dumb, and avoiding radioactive fallout is well...

To top it off, and to make it part two of the miniseries, we not only have one rock, but two! And, the second half is even bigger than the first! What makes part two even more ridiculous is that this chunk actually makes it into the atmosphere before the missiles hit it and guess what? It is deflected!!! Sorry `bout that, but if that chunk of planet has already made it to our upper atmosphere by the time we "bump" it with a few missiles, it isn't going to change its mind and deflect.

However, I don't go into these movies to worry about reality. After all, my belief system is suspended at the door.
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