Starring: Tim Matheson, Annabel
Schofield, Charlton Heston,
Jack Palance, & Peter Boyle.
Genre: Science Fiction
Runtime: 110 minutes
Director: Russ Carpenter
Producer: Joe Gannon
Writer: Richard Edlund & James Nelson
Address Comments To:
(LL, NN, V, C) approx. 15 profanities & 6 obscenities; upper female nudity in shower; a man beaten in interrogation; and, some references to Christianity.
Casting nature as the villian, SOLAR CRISIS predicts a future in which the sun's unrelenting power threatens to culminate in a massive solar flare which will torch the earth to ashes. Technically, SOLAR CRISIS is often spectacular, but is weighed down by poor acting, a preposterous story and unintentionally hilarious pretensions to drama.
Casting nature as the villian, SOLAR CRISIS predicts a future in which the sun's unrelenting power threatens to culminate in a massive solar flare which will torch the earth to ashes. To stop this malevolent fluke of nature, the crew of the space ship Helios picks up a massive anti-matter bomb from the asteroid base "New Trinity" (the asteroid formations look like three reptilian faces) and prepares to fly into the sun to detonate the bomb and redirect the solar flare. Captain Steve Kelso (Tim Matheson) has more problems than just the solar flare. His son Mike has gone AWOL from military school, and his father, Admiral "Skeet" Kelso (Charlton Heston), has impulsively jumped ship to go locate him. More grimly, the super-powerful corporation IXL, led by ruthless businessman Teague (Peter Boyle), is dead-set against the success of the mission and will do anything to thwart it.
Technically, SOLAR CRISIS is often spectacular, but is weighed down by its poor acting, preposterous story and unintentionally hilarious pretensions to drama. SOLAR CRISIS depicts a very hostile universe indeed, where all life is threatened by unpredictable nature and by the evil of man. An absurd combination of technology, cunning, and dumb luck offers the only hope of salvation. Graciously, God has not abandoned us in such a universe as men imagine, for he has said, "To the Lord your God belong the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it" (Deuteronomy 10:14).