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Epoch (2001)

Disaster strikes as a specialised team of investigators struggle to find out the truth about a strange monolith which sends out an intercontinental signal.

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Disaster strikes as a specialised team of investigators struggle to find out the truth about a strange monolith which sends out an intercontinental signal.

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Evolution. Is this the beginning or the end? See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for some language and violence | See all certifications »
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24 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Jaque a la muerte (Epoch)  »

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When Mason is rescued from the Mexican gangsters the cut scene shows an airplane in flight. The Batman logo is stamped onto the tail fin of the airplane. See more »

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In the opening minutes where David Keith is shown working at the rear of his broken down early model rear engine Volkswagen Beetle, a cloud of steam surrounds him to indicate a problem of an overheated engine. The engine in this model of Volkswagen Beetle is air cooled, thus there is no water for the engine to produce steam with. See more »

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Mason Rand: [off-screen] Forgot to pay your electric bill again, Doc.
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Followed by Epoch: Evolution (2003) See more »

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Performed by George Jones
Courtesy of Asylum Records
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This movie is just fine, believe it or not!
25 January 2003 | by (Apalachicola, FLA) – See all my reviews

For once I'm stumped by the cybercritics who contribute to IMDB. "Epoch" is not that bad Z-grade flick some cynics asserted. I was pleasantly surprised, which pleased my boyfriend, who wanted to watch another Sci-Fi film. I ate crow on this one after consulting this website. David Keith is an easy hunk who's engaging, and Stephanie Niznik does a Mary Wouronov-like turn as Kelly McGillis and Jodie Foster (the psychic lovers of "The Accused").

The movie's mystery is consistently upbeat despite the standard brutality of the military sectors. This is quite unusual, refreshing. Even the threat of nuclear war has a fey warmth in this tale, as if a blanket wrapped round you will neutralize the deadliest virus.

"Epoch" is consistently intelligence without arrogance. The cheap special effects are equally charming, evocative of the 1950s, and as effective as the inserted computer-generated screens that fill the film's landscape.

Brian Thompson actually does some character development as Captain Tower, and James Hong is spare and most amusing.

Lots of unexpected turns adorn this smoky gem. Congratulations to the cast and crew, and "Tsk-tsk" to all my fellow critics who dogged the show a little too communistically.


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