This Island Earth (1955)
This Island Earth (1955)
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as Dr. Ruth Adams
as Cal Meacham
as Steve Carlson
as Joe Wilson
as Dr. Adolph Engelborger
as 1st Reporter
Critic Reviews for This Island Earth
Pioneering sf drama about space travel is rich in storytelling, atmosphere, visual design and color.
Worth consideration from anyone who enjoys their profundity with a side of cheese.
...even though its increasingly camp elements have aged poorly, it deserves respect as one of the more ambitious, grandiose, and important science fiction adventures of its time.
Pretty impressive sci-fi for 1955, a near classic.
Audience Reviews for This Island Earth
Squarely in the fantasy sci-fi camp (as opposed to the kind of sci-fi based in reality) this 50's romp has the aliens here to enlist our help instead of the ever popular take over everything ethos we've come to expect. At least at the beginning. Still interesting even if dated. The dumbest guy in the film has the biggest brain! That alone is worth a drink or two!
What was once probably cutting edge special effects are now laughably awful but for fans of 50's sci-fi that might be just the ticket. Goofy in its seriousness it still manages to entertain. Jeff Morrow with his extremely deep voice is perfect to spout the scripts various profundities while Faith Domergue a lovely woman although never much of an actress is suitably distraught. A Satuday afternoon matinee movie if ever there was one.
If you're looking for a 50s example of style over substance, you've found it. This Island Earth (I'm still not sure how the title applies to the story) starts off with an interesting premise--aliens posing (poorly) as a think tank of sorts to recruit Earth's best and brightest for the scientific good. Turns out they're scientifically more advanced than us and need our help for some reason. Eventually they wind up killing all but 2 of the scientests (including The Professor from Gilligan's Island!) and abduct them, taking them back to their home planet that's got one foot on a banana peel and the other in the grave. The story is nonsensical shit. The first hour really tries your patience then sort of pays off with some kitschy set design, neat lighting and some fun effects that at the time supposedly took 2 1/2 years. Ooh! And a monster! I have a feeling I'd get more out of this from the MST3K perspective but you're better off watching Forbidden Planet as This Island Earth is the low-rent, poor man's version of that movie...
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