Monday, October 10, 2011

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

A research vessel comes crashing back to Earth after a mission to Venus, bringing with it an alien specimen that begins to grow at an alarming rate. Soon, the creature reaches an enormous size, and sets off on a rampage through the streets of Rome with the military hot on its trail. Special effects master Ray Harryhausen unleashes one of his most memorable creations in 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, bringing the Ymir to life in an incredibly articulated animated performance. The plot follows the same path of destruction that had become characteristic of so many other 1950's Science Fiction pictures, but unlike the radioactive ants in THEM or Harryhausen's earlier reptilian monstrosity THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, the audience is led to empathize with the Ymir, who is simply lost in a foreign world that it does not understand. The humans handle the creature the only way they know how: through brute force and utter annihilation. Director Nathan Juran steps back and gives Harryhausen the center stage to work his magic, but backs the animation with solid characters and a winning cast (including THE BAD SEED's William Hopper). Harryhausen's most stunning achievement in the film involves a showdown between the Ymir and a bull elephant that pours out of the zoo and into the bustling city streets. 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH is another ambitious creature feature that demonstrates some of the finest work by one of Science Fiction's most brilliant artists.

Rating: 9/10.

Movies like 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH:
CLOVERFIELD, THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, GODZILLA, KING KONG, SPECIES.

3 comments:

  1. The good old Movies. I don't like the Films over the Year 2000, because thier have no Stil and Charme, but the Classic Movies are great!

    (Sorry, my english is not so good)

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