Director: Robert Wise

131 mins; 1971; USA; Digital

This film screened on Thursday 13th July 2017.

This screening will be introduced by Dr Maria Boyle, microbiologist Trinity College Dublin. 

When a US satellite falls from orbit in the New Mexico desert all but two inhabitants of a nearby town die mysteriously. A team of scientists are recruited to secure the satellite and study it in a hermetically sealed high-tech facility five stories underground, uncovering microscopic particles of alien origin in the process.

Based on Michael Crichton’s 1969 novel of the same name, Robert Wise’s brilliantly conceived sci-fi suspense film foregrounds procedural fact gathering over conventional shock tactics as the true nature of the alien virus is teasingly revealed.

This screening is part of the Dark Skies: A Festival of Science Fast and Fiction season which runs July 13th to 16th 2017. Click here for more information.

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