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"An overgrown hybrid of disaster epic, can-do combat adventure and '50s sci-fi movie."
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The planet is beset by 36 saucers the size of Cleveland. The dish du jour contains millions and millions of extraterrestrial crustaceans in no mood for a close encounter. Their mission: Fry earthlings, grab the planet, snork up the resources, move on to the next juicy orb.
Launched from the mother ship in lunar orbit, the
saucers are well on their way to Earth by the time
SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence)
picks up their signal. As the saucers oh-sooo-slowly move into
position over Washington, New York and Los
Angeles, President Thomas J. Whitmore (can-do Bill Pullman), a
former combat pilot, and his staff attempt to
come up with a plan. -- Rita Kempley