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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Classics Corner: Forbidden Planet (1956)
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Watching Forbidden Planet brought back many memories of lazy Sunday afternoon's in front of the TV glued to episodes of Land Of The Giants, Time Tunnel and Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea. After these there would always be an 'old school' sci-fi movie on, and every time I hoped it would Forbidden Planet.

I know that Forbidden Planet was way before I was born, in fact a good twenty years before, but there was something about it that intrigued me. I've always been a fan of movies that detach itself away and concentrate on a loan band of people fighting against a common enemy - see The Thing, Predator and Aliens for a few classic examples. Well although Forbidden Planet doesn't sit as highly as those aforementioned  films it's still hold a special place in the nostalgic childhood memory part of my heart.

Many people, especially those of the younger variety gorging themselves on CGI Bayhem, may find the whole thing laughable and to be fair through those eyes I can imagine it is. Through my eyes however, its a classic tale crammed with so much originality (even though its loosely based on Shakespeare's The Tempest) for its time that should remain a staple diet for anyone who is a fan of sci-fi.

A distant planet goes silent so a Starship Crew head out to investigate, on doing so they discover only two survivors, one of which holds a secret to Alien technology that could be lethal in the wrong hands. Cutting edge special effects (for its time), impressive sets and the first all electronic score for a movie, Forbidden Planet created a yardstick for all other sci-fi movies of its time to beat which very few of them did.

If you've not seen Forbidden Planet yet, seek it out, try not to compare to what is around now and I'm sure you'll have a great time with it.



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