Tuesday, July 19, 2016

City Beneath the Sea (1971)

Director: Irwin Allen

Writers: John Meredyth Lucas, Irwin Allen

Composer: Richard LaSalle

Starring: Stuart Whitman, Rosemary Forsyth, Robert Colbert, Burr DeBenning, Susana Miranda, Paul Stewart, Whit Bissell, Richard Basehart, Joseph Cotten, James Darren, Sugar Ray Robinson, Larry Pennell, William Bryant, Robert Dowdell, Edward G. Robinson Jr., Robert Wagner

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Theirs was the most dangerous mission in history . . . to save the world from total destruction!

Plot: A group of 21st-century colonists inhabit an underwater city called Pacifica. They find that they must defend their city against hostile alien forces.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

From what I can see this was based on a failed TV pilot Allen made two years earlier...and it often feels like it, too.  Everyone is taking this way too seriously and the dialogue re-enforces that.  Admiral Matthews gets a ton of shit from a lot of folks about his responsibility for the death of a beloved man.  Nobody will let him (or us) forget about it and they hammer that shit into the ground to the point of my yelling at the TV, "enough already".  Of course the Admiral is found innocent and those who really killed the guy are found out.  It's neat seeing Robert Wagner (sporting a 70s cop/porn stache) playing the main villain.  There's a lot of filler in the form of scenes of "action" going on for far too long, as in we're seeing a rescue attempt in real time.  The effects are all over the place from laughable to pretty damn good.  The sets look low budget and I wouldn't be surprised if it was directly because of the budget.  More time should've been spent on the script/dialogue and in making the film more fun instead of being so drab. 

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