Year: 1989

Production: First Millennium Partnership / Gladden Entertainment

Director: Michael Anderson

Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd, Robert Joy, Daniel J. Travanti, Brent Carver, Maury Chaykin, David McIlwraith, Al Waxman, Lloyd Bochner

Screenwriter: John Varley

Based on Air Raid (1977) by John Varley

108 minutes; Color

Commando teams from the future steal people from planes just before they crash, but an investigator becomes suspicious. He is seduced by a woman time-traveller, follows her to a chaotic future (represented by a single set) that is about to collapse in a timequake caused by careless time paradoxes in its past. They escape to a further future. Nowhere is the reason for the kidnapping explained. Kristofferson acts like a sleepwalker. There is a manipulative robot that looks like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz (1939). Michael Anderson's essays in genre directing, including Logan's Run and Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, have been uniformly wooden.

Curiously, only Varley's short story is credited as the basis for his screenplay, even though he had turned it into a novel, Millennium (1983), which explains the points this botched film leaves obscure; one can only suppose that his screenplay was cut to ribbons.

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