The Day the Earth Exploded (1958)
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This was an hour and 20 minutes I'm never getting back. I could have saved starving children, I could have rescued animals, but no, I watched The Day the Sky Exploded. The movie was basically divided into two halves. One half was the least interesting movie ever, the second was the most nonsensical. The film opens with some guy on some mission in outer space, and then his ship blows up or something. Up until anything remotely interesting something happens (roughly past the 50 minute mark), the movie comprises of awkward scene involving people talking about things that never come up later and of sound effects that are basically: SCIENCE FICTION SCIENCE FICTION Anyway, then an asteroid threatens to hit the planet, and tsunamis strikes fires burn, and riots break out, all before the meteor actually hits. Preemptive mass hysteria. Then, someone has a brilliant idea of blowing up the asteroid. With nukes. When the asteroid is literally right above the Earth. In real life, the asteroid would probably shatter into thousands of pieces, which would then bombard the Earth with radioactive material. But this doesn't happen because - science. I will be honest, I wasn't actually watching the movie the entire time, because I was more interested in watching my bowl of popcorn slowly disappear than in the movie. And no, the sky doesn't actually explode.
Not a particularly interesting film, at least, it has a hard time holding any interest The characters are bland, the overall plot doesn't have much to it, and the pacing is slow. The ending is somewhat decent, and some of the dialog is good. Forgettable, but not trash.
Reasonably interesting story. The budget wasn't much but I think they did a pretty good job. The acting is from fair to bad. It has some slow spots but for the most part it held my interest.
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