5th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon – The Sound Barrier (1952)


This is the final of three posts dedicated to the 5th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon being held over at A Shroad of Thoughts.

Tnx Terrance for letting me take part!

“What’s so ruddy peculiar about the speed of sound? We all know exactly what it is, don’t we? 750 miles per hour at ground level. Now if we go slower than that we can hear ourselves going, and if we go faster we can hear ourselves coming. It’s a mere matter of acoustics. ” – Tony

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Fictionalized account of test pilots who risked their lives trying to break the sound barrier following World War II.

My Take on it – This is an early David Lean film before he became well known for his classic epic films.

The idea is quite interesting and I imagine that it felt much more poignant before man actually proved that such a feat was possible.

The story itself is quite good but at certain points feels a bit too melodramatic and soap operapy that is counter productive.

Lean does a nice job giving this film a documentary feel which helps make it seem more realistic and genuine even if the film doesn’t age as well as one would hope.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that was probably much more poignant before man actually managed to accomplish the feat. The story is good but feels a bit too soap operapy for its own good. Lean does a nice job making this feel more like a documentary which makes it feel more realistic and genuine.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the movie, Nigel Patrick and Ann Todd were sitting in a more dangerous plane than they knew. The de Havilland Comet airliner depicted in the film would become a notorious design for two tragic mid-air breakups in 1954 which killed all on board. The aircraft would be redesigned but the legacy would prevent it from being a success. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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2 thoughts on “5th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon – The Sound Barrier (1952)

  1. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1952 | MovieRob

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