This Island Earth

This Island Earth (1955)

This Island Earth
5.6/10 by 54 users

Aliens have landed and are hiding on Earth, but need Earth’s scientists to help them fight an inter-planetary war.

Release Date:June 1, 1955
Genres:Science Fiction
Production Company:Universal International Pictures
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:Joseph M. Newman
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Plot Keywords:extraterrestrial technology, mutant, georgia, flying saucer, space travel, nobel prize laureate, resettlement, spaceship, alien, outer space, scientist, interplanetary war
  • A Space Movie That Boldly Went Where Others Haven't--Unfortunately!
    February 4, 2004

    Pulp science fiction created an aura of awe and excitement that is rarely equaled in these current days of sci-fi movie "actioners". Gone are the opportunities to see alien species and their homelands depicted in "wonderous Technicolor". Instead, we are routinely preached to by screenwriters determined to warn us, ad nauseum, of man's follies and the impending disasters always depicted as a forgone result. Yes, now we get chiseled heroes, and heroines, too, who are usually engaged in single-handedly shooting up the screen with loud twentieth century-derived weapons. Where is the fun in these stereotypical, shoot-em-up extravaganzas?

    "This Island Earth"("TIE") with (for its time, remember)jaw-dropping visuals, big, truly alien world realizations and theme of inter-solar system war, hasn't been matched since its debut almost fifty years ago! For a plot that catapults you half way around the universe with one beautifully realized set after another and an epic-sized stage on which to play out its themes, perhaps only "Forbidden Planet" ever matched up.

    The sounds, the visuals and the story line of "TIE" weren't intended to chastise you as a stupid earthling, but instead, have long served to take the willing on an adventure ride that all too few space movies have chosen to create. Until Hollywood chooses to really explore the universe you ought to have your own copy of "This Island Earth", in order to frequently remind yourself of what we should all be seeing much more often: space movies that enthrall!