Fatal Error (1999) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
This wasn't a completely
uninteresting show, but it surely was some kind of major rip-off.
A man and a woman, a mini-scientific team
working for the United States government, are tracking an explicable
phenomenon, the future of the world in their hands, while corrupt
legislators, higher government officials, and corporate executives
conspire to stop them.
Sound like an episode of the X-Files?
That's exactly what it is, except that they changed the name of the
agents. Janine Turner plays a virologist working for the U.S. Army,
and Antonio Sabato is an M.D. who is consulting on the project. The
project itself involves a computer virus that can actually come out of
the computer and affect the human body through the eyes.
(Semi-plausibly justified by the dubious parallel that strobe lighting
can set off epilepsy.)
Made-for-TV quality, but some thought went into it, and I found it
watchable, if uninspired.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C-. Barely watchable. basically an
episode of the X-Files with the agents' names changed.
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