Picks and Pans Review: Pandora's Clock
Richard Dean Anderson is a 747 pilot with nerves of steel in this ponderous, two-part adaptation of the bestselling 1995 thriller by John J. Nance. Anderson keeps his cool when a passenger aboard his airliner dies of a possible doomsday virus and terrified travelers, over-zealous White House officials and Arab terrorists create a lot of turbulence. Daphne Zuniga (Melrose Place), in way over her head as a brilliant CIA virologist who also reads Arabic (and speaks, she says, "passable Russian") saves the day. Or so it seems. White-knuckle fliers won't like part two, when Flight 66 takes some nasty dives, but overall it's a sedate four hours, thanks to stilted dialogue, stock characters and a plot so tangled they have to say everything twice.