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Project Moonbase Reviews

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December 8, 2015
A spy thriller and a sci-fi adventure all wrapped into one brief-yet-ridiculous mini-movie. Also based on a Heinlein story, Project Moonbase deals with a guy-girl "space force" team who find their moon mission interrupted by the arrival of a very stupid Russian spy. Much of the 63-minute flick consists of silly sets, insipid dialogue, casual sexism, and (especially towards the end) outright lunacy. And those outfits! Whose idea was it to give out Peter Pan hats and short-shorts to Earth's first guy/girl astro-squad? Still: simply and consistently silly, but not all that weird.
Super Reviewer
½ April 25, 2015
One of the most boring films I've seen in my entire life but at least they tried?
July 14, 2014
Two people are stranded on the moon and the public is worried about whether or not they are married? Definitely a product of its time.
January 28, 2014
As with a lot of these older sci-fi flicks, the rating on this one refers to the MST3K presentation, which makes a character whose name is pronounced Bright Eyes (Briteis? Really?) somewhat tolerable by slinging barbs at the screen until it's all over.

Rent the MST3K version.
November 7, 2012
The question I kept asking myself while watching Project Moonbase is "does this film have any sort of merit to it or is just another generic, poorly-made sci-fi film from the 50's?" Well, the answer is somewhere in the middle. The film isn't a masterpiece by any means, nor is it all that interesting. Instead, there are only the mildest of things that are good. There are some special effects in there that are decent, and they used split-screen photography in a clever way, but does it hold up as a story or themematically? No, absolutely not. You think it's going to be about a group of scientists doing some lunar exploration, but it ends up being a love story. The crew at Mystery Science Theater 3000 tackled this one, and even they couldn't do much with it. Other than that, I'd say skip it altogether because it's mainly just an exercise in boredom.
½ March 25, 2012
Watched the MST3K'ed version of this. Mostly amusing for the goofy costumes the astronauts wear and the early-50's-ness of it. Notably, the female lead is the commander of the expedition and is a strong female (up until the final ten minutes of the plot need her not to be). Can't imagine watching this without Joel and the 'bots.
½ March 21, 2012
Boring story with bland characters. There isn't much more to say about this slow sci-fi film.
February 5, 2012
Harmless, sci-fi hokum with a preposterously sexist subplot from the pen of Robert A Heinlein.
June 20, 2011
For a movie that tried to be a little realistic and forward thinking, like having the female president in the future, the female scientist is treated like a bad housewife, and it is completely mysonogistic. Hysterical as well. The plot is so simple that it barely is a plot. The ending is completely laughable that the government actually marries the male and female astronauts so they can... you know... forward thinking?
September 17, 2010
For a "B" grade 1950's sci-fi film, PROJECT MOONBASE is just a cheesy mess of a film. The plot inovles a small capusle landing on the moon in the year 1970 but a spy threatens the small crews security.

The most strangest part of the film is the crews outfits, what the hell short, shorts and t-shirts with ugly caps??? how is that space worthy?. Special note of intrest, women in this film hold postions of power and are eqaul to men. 4/10
½ July 28, 2010
A mercifully short B movie based on a story by Sci Fi luminary Robert A. Heinlein, the plot is deleriously simple: In 1970, the United States will try to survey the Moon for landing and a fifth columnist will sneak aboard the ship in order to sabotage it. Can the male & female crew that aren't spies put aside their sexual tension to save the space program?

That's really about all there is to the story. The models are extremely and obviously cheap, the space uniforms (t-shirts, bicycle shorts and skullcaps) are ridiculous and so on.

I must admit though, that the split-screen effects on the SPACOM Space Station/Frisbee are not bad. Completely gratuitous, but not bad.

Also of interesting note is the progressive placement of women in positions of rank and power. Though that gets canceled out by some pretty blatant misogyny.

Overall, it's one for the B movie fans out there to look into.
½ April 18, 2010
worst. ending. ever. nothing is solved, nothing is accomplished, but you get to see a really lame marriage and all that garbage...some dude dies....some horrible, lame acting happens as folks from the 50's try to emulate being in zero-gravity....that acting aside, this movie didn't even put a slight smile on my face...just a look of pain and agony. avoid it.
½ July 23, 2009
A short but dull little film that deserves some credit for attempting to accurately portray travel in space.

However, that credit is negated by the intensely hostile attitude towards women. Colonel Briteis' authority is challenged at every turn. Her commanding officer threaten to spank her. Her subordinates purposely mispronounce her name as 'bright eyes'. It isn't until she begins acting all squishy and deferential towards men that they warm up to her and the film can conclude by having her married off to her previously hostile subordinate. Oh and he gets promoted ahead of her so the marriage can work. Nice.
½ May 20, 2009
This movie was Buddhist, it was created for suffering.
March 11, 2009
The worst part is the cheesily abrupt ending.
July 19, 2008
A classic love story of two people stranded together ...on the moon.
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