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An unusual and interesting premise holds the film together. It's a well-done but rather theatrical and intellectual "thriller", but with a very, very important theme: the threat of nuclear war. The atmospheric shots of 1950 London are excellent.
Not a "typical" Boulting Brothers film in that it is more dramatic and less "funny", but still a rather bleak satire of the cold war and a government's response to a threat to its existence. I must admit that while the ending was somewhat expected, it still came as something of a shock! Great b/w photography, wonderful shots of an "evacuated" London, great performances all around, I agree with the 77% rating because the film is farm from perfect (and it's a bit slow-going by today's hectic standards). Worth seeing, probably won't watch it again any time soon, though.
Watched this in 2013 but still found it quite exciting. Good acting and direction with a simple plot. A good chilled watch.
Barry Jones stars in this 1950s thriller. Sci fi horror, an early Atomic themed film, which is excellent throughout
Its fair to say that parts of this thriller haven't aged as well as other parts of it have, the biggest problem is all the accents are either clipped precise English or Lord Luv a Duck cockneys which can be quite grating at times.
But that quibble aside The Boulting Brothers give us a tense and exciting thriller which will keep you hooked until the very end.
Barry Jones plays the overworked Prof Willingdon who decides on a drastic course of action to end what he sees as a futile arms race.
He steals a small atomic device and threatens to destroy London unless his demands are met.
What follows is an exciting Manhunt as the net closes around Willingdon and London becomes an evacuated and empty ghost town.
The film evokes its period very well indeed and although some of the acting is on the Wooden side Barry Jones as Willingdon and Andre Morrell as the Policeman on his trail keep the film afloat with outsanding performances.
A real British classic this film despite some flaws still stands up today.
Well constructed drama about Professor with second thoughts about his nuclear weapons research, A bit dated in a good way (as commentary on times in which it was made)
Interesting and very British thriller, that seems ahead of its time.
Quite a strong movie from the Boulting Boys. The dark intensity of the film is managed well throughout and shots of quiet abandoned London was very well done and eerie. The threat of Nuclear war was very much alive in 1950 so would have made an impression on the days audience for sure
fantastic film, very well acted and very suspensuful
Mad scientist threatens to blow up London with a home-made atomic bomb. Lovely scenes of 1940s London and an interesting insight into the fears about nuclear warfare that extended into my early adulthood.