USA Today - 06/28/2005
"[T]his Lloyd Bridges starrer technically launched the screen's '50s sci-fi boom..."
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The 50th Anniversary Edition of Kurt Neumann's science fiction classic, restored with enhanced special effects sequences. Four men and a girl blast into space on mankind's first expedition to the Moon. But due to a cataclysmic event in space, their ship is sent hurling out of control towards the planet Mars. Suspenseful terror as the crew fights for their life on a war-ravaged world with radiation-riddled nightmare creatures! The climax makes this one of the most powerful and unforgettable science fiction movies ever made. Rocketship X-M was deftly brought to the screen by famed writer/director Kurt Neumann. Long considered the definitive space exploration film of the 50's, a genuine classic with a power that has spanned the decades.
Lloyd Bridges stars as spaceship pilot Colonel Graham in this 1950 sci-fi film about a group of four astronauts (three men, one woman) whose trip to the moon is ruined when a solar wind blows them off course, forcing them to land on Mars. There, they find a primitive society of beings that bear a striking resemblance to humans. One of the better sci-fi films to come out of the 1950s, ROCKETSHIP X-M is a serious thriller that boasts excellent black and white photography (the Mars scenes have an eerie red tint), fine acting, and mixes an intriguing plot and sophisticated science with some rather bizarre fifties naivete, making for a thoroughly entertaining trip into space.
A Classic with a Modern Message
Movie Lover: Paul S. Wax from
Teaneck, NJ US -- January, 4, 2006
If you would like to see what cutting edge technology was predicted back in the 50's, see this movie - also, the role of women in space was also quite dated - no digital readouts - only dials, no "smart women" - only a woman who (as said by Lloyd Bridges) "should be home cooking and raising children". Oh yes, the Martians - "pity them" (as Dr. Angstrom says) - they a-bombed themselves back to the stone age. And that, is the message - probably one of the first anti-nuke movies ever made. If one can just overlook the bad but continuous dialogue, cheap special effects, and technical goofs, (especially the meteorites which were actually baked potatoes wrapped in aluminum foil dropped towards a camera -how's that for special effects folks!), this movie does have a message - and yet, a 50's mentality. Produced and released in competition with George Pal's Destination Moon - this is the quintessinal 50's Sci-fi space adventure. It's worth it - go see it.
Unique Space Saga
Movie Lover: FilmFlops Critic from
Trumbull, CT -- September, 22, 2005
A gripping film that possesses intelligence, humor, suspense, action, and some very touching moments. Kudos to the writers for making Osa Massen's character more complex: instead of the usual space siren, she plays the role of a valued, respected scientist and crewmember. Fine ensemble cast includes Lloyd Bridges, John Embry, Noah Beery and Hugh O'Brien. A high-calibre, sci-fi adventure film.
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