Solar Crisis (1990)

Directors: Alan Smithee
Starring: Charlton Heston

Genre: Sci-Fi

"In the year 2050, the sun has begun the ultimate betrayal of mother Earth creating an environmental nightmare. Soon a solar flare will kill billions and destroy the world - unless the spaceship Helios can divert the flare. But someone or something is trying to sabotage the mission.

The year is 2050 and the sun, once so necessary to maintaining life on earth, now threatens to burn up the planet. Only a crew aboard a spaceship, flying toward the overheating star, can solve the problem. But first they have to overcome a variety of obstacles to get there -- including a saboteur who will stop at nothing to prevent the mission from succeeding." - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
This Japanese/American production isn't exactly among the best sci-fi movie out there. First of all, there are so many plot-holes in this, and especially I can't understand why the "bad guys" want to sabotage the mission? I can't find a reasonable explanation for this. In all honesty, I think it would have been a much better movie if they just skipped that subplot. Then they would be able to cut down the running time as well, which is a bit too long. Despite the well-known cast, the acting isn't as good as it could have been, but it's decent. The special effects are pretty good, and are supposedly done by the people behind "Star Wars" and "2001 - A Space Odyssey". The talking bomb is very much like the one in Carpenter's "Dark Star".
All in all, the movie was ok, nothing more. It had potential though, so with a few changes this could have been a real good movie!

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