Forbidden Planet Movie Review

You might not notice it, but 1991's Total Recall is a serious homage to Forbidden Planet (itself a rendition of Shakespeare's The Tempest), what with its ancient race of superintelligent (and extinct) beings and a lovely lass who gets the spacemen to act all googly. Of course, Rachel Ticotin is no Anne Francis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger is no Leslie Nielsen, barely recognizable here in one of his first movies. Part space opera, part haunted house story, Planet's simple mystery is this: Why are there only two people left alive on a remote planetary outpost, and why don't they want our heroes to drop in for a visit? The answer is surprisingly erudite for 1950s B-cinema, and the effects are positively groundbreaking for the era (not to mention, the film introduced the classic Robby the Robot to the world). A true classic that is starting to look dated, but which still holds up well.

Cast & Crew

Director : Fred M. Wilcox

Producer : Nicholas Nayfack

Starring : , , , Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, , Earl Holliman


Comments

Forbidden Planet Rating

" Excellent "

Rating: NR, 1956

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