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Epoch (2001)

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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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Jonathan Raymond (screenplay), Jonathan Raymond (story) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview, first billed only:
David Keith ... Mason Rand
Stephanie Niznik ... Dr. KC Czaban
Ryan O'Neal ... Allen Lysander
Brian Thompson ... Captain Tower
Steve Bond ... Colonel Tell
Craig Wasson ... Hudson
Michael Cavanaugh ... Williams
Shannon Lee ... Pamela
James Avery ... Dr. Solomon Holt
James Hong ... Ambassador Po
Joseph Patrick Kelly ... Control Tech (as Joe Kelly)
Donald Li ... Chinese Scientist
William Zabka ... Rover Driver Joe
Marc McClure ... German Scientist
Eloy Casados ... Mexican Doctor


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language and violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

24 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Epoch See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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 »


Countdown on the bomb jumps back a few seconds with every camera change. At 36 seconds, the timer begins to skip a few seconds with each change. At 8 seconds, it suddenly reverts to 29 seconds for a few seconds, then continues on at 4 seconds. See more »


[first lines]
Mason Rand: [off-screen] Forgot to pay your electric bill again, Doc.
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Watchable, but very unsatisfying
30 August 2004 | by gtc83See all my reviews

This is about a giant rock formation that bursts from the earth somewhere near China. The US sends a team to investigate, while the Chinese send a few divisions of troops, and a US soldier goes insane.

The US team consists of a scientist who's main investigative strategy seems to be pointing out how smart he is and how dumb everyone else is, which is ironic because if you actually pay attention, it turns out he's wrong in the end. Then there's the hard nosed government agent who does everything she can to keep the scientist from doing his job, based on the fact that he made a bad joke and she's mad at him. And then the previously mentioned insane soldier. So, we're in good hands here.

The big problem with the movie is that it sets up a good premise: What is this thing? And then never answers its own question. Your guess is as good as the writer's. Very unsatisfying. A lot of time wasted with subplots that should have been spent coming up with an interesting explanation for the alien object. I felt like they expected me to use my experience with other sci-fi films and just assume that these aliens were pretty much the same. Or not...or, well, just look at all the money we spent on CGI - pretty cool eh?

The action moves along okay, the acting isn't bad, the characters are all somewhat annoying, and the CGI is actually pretty good. Basically it's the writing that sunk this thing.

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