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The Shape of Things to Come ()

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featuring Jack Palance, Carol Lynley, John Ireland, Barry Morse, Nicholas Campbell

This is a remake of a 1936 sci-fi, future dystopia tale by H.G. Wells, but the drama, as interpreted by director George McCowan and scripter Martin Lager is not altered to accommodate today's more demanding audiences. As a result, the story, characters, and dialogue are a little weak. After a nuclear holocaust has forced people on earth to set up house on the moon (covered by an insulating, glass-like bubble), their continuing existence depends on some medication to fight off the effects of radiation (!). The trouble is that this medicine is now controlled by the villainous Omus (Jack Palance) who lives on the planet where the miracle drug is made. He is in the process of blackmailing the earth people into accepting him as a dictator when a group of them sneak out in a rocket to defeat him and save the day, whatever the day is on the moon. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.000
mehaul

So Many Rip-offs Hide What Could Have Been

by mehaul on Oct 14, 2010

This could have been a pretty good movie. The premise of the struggling post robot war, Humans stuck on the Moon needing radiation meds or they die. Here are the faults, though still enjoyable if you didn't know the other stuff. Ripped off are HG Wells. This has nothing to do with his "Things to Come",except for a major war and a moon colony. The costumes, characters, plots, robot designs, sets, high tech instumantation presentations are all to be seen in either, 'Space-1999', 'Buck Rodgers in the 25th Century', 'Flash Gordon' and the robot manipulator arms of 'Lost in Space'. So if you liked those and wanted to see more, this is your baby. There's not a lot on the DVD, I am left with a big question about the premise: If they get medicine from planet Delta and have an open environment outpost that is habitable there, why does evertone stay in the moon domes? Continually looking at the destroyed Earth 24/7?. Here's a good part to the effort: the actors were allowed to act and not forced into silly imitations of what some producer might have expected of them. They do lend a personable aspect to the experience. And that is a young, pre Davinci Inquest's Nicholas Campbell playing the young heroic lead. Another fun bit is trying to figure out how long poles with fan blades on the end are to be considered a deadly weapon of some sort.

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