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August 25, 2017
Not the greatest sci-fi from this era, mainly due to some really uninspired effects shots (you'll know when you see the "octopus"), and a broken-record plot device that has everyone and everything incessantly undermining Walter Pidgeon's character. Ultimately, pretty average.
Super Reviewer
July 9, 2017
Absolutely ridiculous -- but in a fun and naively unaware way. The science in this sci-fi seems to come from a complete misunderstanding of a third grade textbook. The special effects are what Dana Carvey's Church Lady might have called "special". The ever-present smoking and array of ashtrays on this film's nuclear sub are bewildering. Still, it's all done in such a blissfully, innocent way that the film is actually somewhat engaging and enjoyable.

And then, of course, there's dreamy Frankie Avalon taking his shirt off and mellifluously over-singing the Pollyanna-ish title credits theme song, so it really can't be that bad.
April 20, 2017
Classic sci-fi Doomsday adventure. Interesting premise is presented with some questionable science and outdated effects, but it's still pretty good fun.
December 29, 2016
Campy fun. Science is way way off haha.
½ March 8, 2016
Yes, I'll admit, they did take a slight voyage to the bottom of the sea, but the sky was burning. Yep. Let's try and save the world and try and sabotage the only possible way to fix the burning sky and rising temperature of the earth. Plus you have Frankie Avalon singing to the intro of this movie. Gee, what could possibly go wrong?
January 23, 2016
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an excellent movie. It is about the adventures of Admiral Harriman Nelson and his crew. Walter Pidgeon and Joan Fontaine give amazing performances. The screenplay is well written. Irwin Allen did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the action and adventure. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is a must see.
½ December 30, 2015
I give it an extra half star because of Barbara Eden.
½ July 28, 2015
Lacking imagination and creativity, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is such an irrelevant and boring sci-fi film, leaving you wondering what exactly the premise of the story was
½ June 28, 2015
preposterous even by this genre's standard. Merely ok.
½ August 28, 2014
A classic/cheesy early 60's film about a submarine team that need to journey to the bottom of the ocean to save the world from nuclear meltdown.

Filled to the brim with DIY visual effects (no CGI then). One of my favourite scenes is the battle between the submarine & the giant octopus.

This is not a great film but any means, but it's fun & adventurous, it's the perfect movie you'd see on Gem TV on a Saturday afternoon. Very dated but very fun....
February 25, 2014
another disaster pic from the master irwin allen.
½ November 5, 2013
Sabotage might be just the beginning.

A group of scientists and men who specialize in the depths of the ocean go on an undersea voyage for science in a submarine. While in the depths of the ocean the Earth seems to erupt and human existence is put at risk. It is completely unsafe to return to the surface. The scientists onboard are split in terms of identifying a potential solution where they could bomb the core of the Earth and reverse the actions taking place on the surface. Some scientists feel these actions will make things worse. All of these events, including the arguing scientists, make the shipmates nervous and they don't know how to react. Can the scientists save the Earth before the shipmen mutiny and take over the sub and force them to return the officers to their families?

"What did you see out there?"
"Dead men on a dead ship."

Irwin Allen, director of The Lost World, The Poseidon Adventure, Five Weeks in a Balloon, City Beneath the Sea, and The Swarm, delivers Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. The storyline for this picture is interesting and reminded me of 20,000 League Under the Sea. The action scenes are far and few between but well executed when delivered. The acting is above average and the cast includes Peter Lorre, Joan Fontain, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Sterling, and Mark Slade.

"In her current condition she wouldn't even bite a congressman."
"Then she's the only one onboard who wouldn't."

I have always thought that Peter Lorre was a cool eccentric character that played interesting roles so I decided to DVR a couple of his films. I found this on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) this holiday season and decided to give it a shot. I will say the underwater scenes with the squid were cool as were the shots of the surface as the death toll mounted; however, the characters didn't really fascinate or keep my interest as intended. Overall, this is a fun science fiction picture that is above average but far from great.

"I'll remind you to keep your sniveling philosophies to yourself."

Grade: B-
October 25, 2013
Satisfying romp through the seas. Though the science is abysmal (I'd like to know what Dr. van Allen thought of the premise), this is a well paced B-movie given the full studio treatment. Ignore the lack of modern PC(Cousteau must have cringed at the narwhale scene), seeing Lorre as a sober scientist and Eden's colorized asset twisting with Frankie's horn make this a film worth seeing! Don't forget about the underappreciated Ansara working alongside his then wife, Barbie, too. Interesting that critics like this film so much more than RT's users.
Super Reviewer
September 30, 2013
The film that kick started the long long long TV series that was basically Star Trek under the sea. So the success of this film of course lead to the TV show which in turn was a big success and encouraged the creator Irwin Allen to go ahead and make other sci-fi TV series that all had a similar look and feel about them...'Lost In Space' 'Land of the Giants' and 'The Time Tunnel'. So this original film was the spark that ignited a whole genre of classic TV.

Yet despite all that...holy crapenstein this film was errrr...crap!. Now I've seen a lot of these old fantasy flicks from the 60's but this has to be the most boring sci-fi I've ever seen I kid you not. The plot is nuts, something about a meteor shower that is on fire threatening the Earth with an extreme rise in heat temperatures. So the Captain of this fancy ass submarine comes up with a plan to extinguish these flaming meteors by firing a nuke at them on a certain day and at a certain time. It has to be this exact time and day so the nuke will put out the flames and blast the meteors back into space. Wut?? say again? repeat all after the plot is nuts.

The 'excitement' comes from the fact that this plan is rejected (really?) and only the US President can authorise it. So the devious Captain ignores this, gets his sub into position and tries to get in contact with El Presidente before the time slot is missed, of course there is a saboteur on board which makes things even more exciting!.

I mean seriously there is nothing happening in this film! the plot is too stupid for words and makes no sense. When you watch the film you do agree with UN that the main plan is nuts and its probably best to leave the meteors alone. So you spend the entire film thinking this bunch of sailors on this fancy sub are doing something really really dangerous and stupid...without permission!. Of course we all know it will work but you still know its utterly stupid.

There are various issues the subs crew must battle against to try and complete their illegal mission, typical stuff like under sea mines, debris, a mutiny, equipment being damaged blah blah blah, oh and a giant squid attack too. Yep that's right, you can't have an underwater adventure without a giant sea beast of some sort attacking the main vessel. So right away that compromises the films semi realistic approach, at first I thought it was sort of serious, outlandish sci-fi but kinda serious with sensible elements. The giant squid kinda turns the whole thing into complete fantasy and ruins that feel, I mean what next? mermaids saving the crew?.

I think one of the main issues for me was the fact the film just looks totally dull, the action is lifeless and visually its just bland and plain. All the sets are clearly sets (they used the same sets for the TV show), the colours are stale, the costumes are drab, the sub model looks like something you'd see in 'Flesh Gordon' (a dildo with a windscreen) and most of the film is set within this monochrome tin can. I get the feeling the sub has been designed like a spacecraft, sleek, smooth and intimidating like a shark, as apposed to the steampunk-like design of the classic 'Nautilus'. A wondrous and fantastical craft ready to set sail into unknown deep sea what happened?.

There are a few scenes outside the sub but nothing much inspiring goes on, the only sequence with some life is the squid attack naturally...but don't go expecting anything of Disney standards now.

Imagine the original Star Trek show but without any planet hopping or alien encounters, just the crew on the ship having mechanical issues and chats...constantly. Yep well this is pretty much this film to a tee, a tonne of blokes on a sub with the obligatory blonde female sidekick doing virtually nothing but talk, with the odd shaky cam action sequence for good measure (with obligatory red flashing emergency light). I don't think any of this film cast star in the TV show, but it really doesn't matter as even the likes of Peter Lorre can't make this film any better.

The films title sounds awesome and thrilling, how wrong could it be!. I was straining to get through this, I do recall the TV show being pretty boring when I was a kid but I hoped this would be much better seeing as it was the acorn that spawned the oak tree. I can't see how this was popular I really can't, there were so many other better fantasy/sci-fi films out around this time and this film totally pales in comparison.
August 26, 2013
Irwin Allen nos presenta una fantastica historia sobre el apocalipsis inminente y un submarino llamado Seaview que quizas es la ultima esperanza para la humanidad: calamares gigantes, traidores infiltrados, amotinamiento... todos los ingredientes para una aventura submarina estan aqui. P.d. Esta pelicula mas adelante se convertirian en una popular serie para la television.
½ January 21, 2013
Parece otra propuesta divertida de Allen como sus filmes de desastres, pero peca de algo, y ese algo es importane: Viaje al Fondo Del Mar es aburrida, aburrida, aburrida. La trama es floja y ni sus apabulantes efectos ni su supercast la logran salvar.
½ January 8, 2013
Not the most memorable film I have seen, however the constant saturation of sophisticated special effects (for the time) and the fads of the time that were haphazardly included in the screenplay seems to draw one in for the sheer kitsch value.

However, despite the esteemed cast, not one of the actors on this film could have rescued the abysmal script. The lines are stilted and unnatural for the dire situation the characters are in, and almost every character seems disinterested and bored. The impromptu trumpet dance scene with Barbara Eden and Frankie Avalon has no relevance or meaning whatsoever to the story.

Things became a tad off kilter in the underwater scene with the obviously fake sea creatures such as a propellor-propelled swordfish and a foam squid. Afterwards, people become ill and lenghty monologues about life and the end of the world ensue.

A somewhat forgettable sequence in an underwater minefield comes next, in which the most memorable thing aside from the blank, bored characters was when I spilt my can of soft drink.

However, like 'Mommie Dearest' or 'Giant Spider Invasion', I couldn't stop watching due to the unintentional humor and dreary plot twists. From that aspect it was watchable, even entertaining. Even the obvious scientific error of 'skyfire' in space posing a threat to earth became laughable after a while.

Despite the stilted acting, the dreary script, the factual errors, the laughable special effects and the irritating sound effects, the mediocrity of the movie makes it worth watching, however not repeatedly. No one should have to do that.
½ December 17, 2012
A bit unrealistic but then againe it is a Sci Fi movie not a war movie. This movie and the TV show was one of the reason I spent 6 years on REAL subs in the USN.
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