Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (Doppelganger) Reviews
March 14, 2008
Good film good story. Models not bad
November 28, 2013
Boy this movie didn't age well. I loved it as a kid, but the totally placid pace of the plot makes for a really silly movie that adult me could figure out in a heartbeat.
October 22, 2013
Gerry Anderson's wildly derivative answer to Kubrick's 2001. The actors and props get recycled for 1970's short-lived UFO series. For hardcore fans of Gerry Anderson and Space:1999 ONLY!
November 29, 2012
A decent premise, but it seems far too long for what it is, with not much actually happening. There's too many twists and reveals that end up confusing an audience, rather than making them beg for more.
June 20, 2012
Released as Doppelgänger in Europe, this was Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's first foray into live-action cinema, even though the Thunderbirds films had been flops. Universal saw potential for this mind-bending science fiction project, and got Robert Parrish, (Casino Royale (1967) and The Bobo (1967)), to direct it, despite best intentions, it comes out a bit half-baked, despite good special effects. In 2069, it's discovered on an unmanned mission to the Sun that there's a planet on the other side of the sun on Earth's same orbital path. EUROSEC director Jason Webb (Patrick Wymark) has to plan a manned mission to this other planet before the East get their first, and with funding from NASA, gets American astronaut Colonel Glenn Ross (Roy Thinnes) and British astrophysicist Dr John Kane (Ian Hendry) to man the mission to the other planet. But, things start going awry when they get there, everything is reversed, even the print in books. But, on this earth, there's Jason Webb (Patrick Wymark), who claims they aborted the mission three weeks into their flight, which Ross denies. It's a product of it's time, although it has some brilliant special effects by Anderson regular Derek Meddings, but we've seen it all before on Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlett. It does seem like this was padded out a bit to make it movie length. It's quite trippy in places, but you can tell 2001: A Space Odyssey was a big influence.
May 19, 2012
The low budget effects and sets will no doubt remind British viewers of Gerry Anderson live action shows with their minimally dressed passel walls and sparkler rockets. The plot is glacial and quickly out stays it's welcome. The last few scenes raise many interesting questions that the movie could have explored if it had condensed its material into the first 2 acts.
March 1, 2012
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson of "Thunderbirds" fame wrote this sci-fi flick, which in turn would have been an excellent "Twilight Zone" episode, rather than the lengthened out movie it became... The intriguing premise is about a new planet being discovered orbiting around the sun, that happens to be a mirror image of earth, There is a lot of kitch value of the late 60's here, but also controversial at the time topics like birth control as well. But considering it came off the heels of "2001", it looked extremely cheap in comparison.
January 2, 2010
Not what i was expecting but not bad once it gets going.
January 14, 2009
Gerry & Sylvia Anderson break away from their TV kiddie sci-fi roots with this near excellent genre entry. Director Robert Parrish gets solid performances from the cast, the effects are top rate and the mind-bending (albeit, draggy) plot will pull you in right from the start. don't bother comparing it to more modern sci-fi films at all - enjoy this as a post-2001: A Space Odysssey example of a genre maturing a few steps up from the usual.
December 19, 2008
This was a precursor to Space 1999 (the TV show) Special effect were failry good but it was still used British Sci-fi mentality which I find less sofisticated than american. This was an interesting movie although the theory behind the story is impossiblle.
October 4, 2008
just ok a little slow but lame special effects
March 18, 2008
An interesting science fiction film with an intriguing, if far fetched premise. The movie is sometimes hard to follow and the pace is far too slow at times.
September 3, 2007
Interesting sci-fi film from Gerry Anderson and company. Wonderful model effects from the people who gave you the Thunderbirds and Space 1999. Recommended!
April 15, 2007
This movie sucks, do not watch it even to ironically appreciate it as a b movie. I'm talking to all you hipsters out there.
December 9, 2006
Yeah, i'd like to see this, i think!
November 6, 2006
sounds utterly rubbish