A techno-thriller, based on a book by Scottish author Alistair MacLean, set in the California desert at "Station Three," a U.S. government research facility developing chemical weapons. A deadly virus is stolen by unknown actors who threaten to unleash the virus unless Station Three is closed. A former intelligence agent played by George Maharis is pulled from retirement to help solve the case.
There are lots of things to enjoy in this film from terrific mid-century set designs and costumes, a car chase through the Joshua Tree National Park, and a fistfight in a helicopter over Silver Lake in Los Angeles. The soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith is terrific and adds so much to the film's tension and fun. There are a handful of character actors worth noting, Harold Gould, James Doohan, Ed Asner, and James Hong. It does slow down in parts and there's too much exposition, but it was better than I expected.