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Brilliant 60's Sci-Fi 'B' movie, if you persist.
on 12 November 2012
Although this is what can only be called a low budget "B" movie from the 60's with a silly plot, it is quaintly entertaining and watchable with reasonable though not exceptional acting from some (for the period) famous names and fairly watchable special effects for it's time.
The plot is hardly intellectualy challenging and revolves around the quest for free thermal energy from the earth's magma core. Only one lone scientist sees the possible dangers and attempts to halt the experiment conceived by a dying project manager determined to go down in history. When a nuclear warhead is used to punch through a drill-breaking layer the resulting explosion cracks the mantle and this gradually creeps around the world despite all efforts of the main character and his love interest to put a firebreak in it's path. Eventually though the crack goes full circle and rips a chunk out of the earth's surface and... well, you will have to watch it won't you!
If one grew up, as my brother and I did, in the pre-Star Wars/Jurassic Park era then this film comes pretty high in the entertainment stakes and even now is a fine distraction despite it's vintage. Absolutely no 'stop-motion' and what few models there are would be recognisable to fans of Gerry Anderson.
Unfortunately - and for some inexplicable reason - this film follows in the steps of Monte Carlo or Bust (USA-Those Jolly Young Men In Their Jaunty Jalopies) in that it is ONLY available in America(?) Anyway, I would have given this DVD 5 stars as it's so watchable despite it's age but must bring it down to 4. Whilst I can forgive it being region 1 only I must bring it down 1 star for being in such a peculiar format that on some DVD players you may find it 'stutters' as though there are missing frames. I found this most obvious if played on a computer.
A worthy addition to any dedicated classic sci-fi fans collection.