Monday, 3 January 2022

What I'm streaming: meteors and vampires from Netflix


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This oddball and slightly clunky spoof of Deep Impact from Netflix has President Meryl Streep having to deal with an extinction-scale meteor heading for Earth. Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence are the university astronomers who've spotted the looming threat. Mark Rylance is the hi-tech company CEO (he’s given the look of a sighted Andrea Bocelli but brings echoes of more than one hi-tech hotshot) who tries to take over the program to deflect the meteor.

The actors are all on good form and play their roles as seriously as good satire demands, but the screenplay doesn’t have enough ‘edge’ and the direction somehow lacks focus. It feels like a TV sketch expanded to bursting point and comes close to putting the "stink" in Extinction, although the ending brings welcome echoes of Doctor Strangelove.

Also on Netflix I just caught up with Blood Red Sky, a horror mishmash, with a transatlantic flight pitching terrorist hijackers against vampires. I guess this is no dafter than Snakes on a Plane, but it’s not in the same league as the first episodes of the Anaconda or Tremors "franchises". Frequent gory, scary moments keep the viewer’s attention, but it might have worked better if they’d played it for laughs.

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