This is the first of 2 reviews that are a part of the Keep Watching the Skies! Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s Blogathon being run by Louis (Film Score Hunter) over at The Cinematic Frontier. Tnx for letting me participate!
Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Sep 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Following the US Civil War, an industrialist works to create a missile that can keep the country safe which then leads him to conceive a plan to reach the moon with his new weapon.
My Take on it – This is s film that I’ve been interesting i seeing for about 18 years, but never really got around to it til now.
One of my favorite film about the US Space Program is the HBO miniseries called From the Earth to the Moon (1998) and was made by Tom Hanks.
I loved the way that they chronicled the space flights and at the time, I had heard that there was a book by the same title written by Jules Verne and that it was adapted to the screen in 1958.
Ive never read the book, but the way this movie was made fits into this blogathon’s theme quite well because it is truly a B-movie in its structure and implementation.
The story us ok but it is presented in a very boring way.
The acting is quite wooden and the actors are either completely emotionless or over the top with their performances.
The one thing that I found interesting is the fact that despite this story being written sightly over 150 years ago, not much has changed in the fields if business and politics and how they mix and match.
Bottom Line – Extremely boring Jules Verne adaptation. Liked how the theme still resonates today nearly 150 years after it was written. The acting in this film really personifies the wooden acting and trite dialogue of B movies from the 50’s.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This was one of the last films produced for RKO. By the time it was completed, RKO had ceased production and distribution. It was released through Warner Brothers. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy
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