The Atomic Submarine (1959)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1959.  Gorham Productions.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .

Submarines gliding through waters close to the North Pole are being destroyed by unknown forces, so the military places its best men aboard a highly defensive new battle machine and sends them in search of the problem.  What else but aliens in a giant, one-eyed pod are resting at the top of the planet and causing mayhem to all the vessels coming near them, which means our guys have to figure out a way to outmaneuver the bad guys not only for their own safety but for the whole world.  All the stiff acting and bad direction you’d expect from B-movies of the era are here, including set design that has submarines with spacious high ceilings and giant meeting rooms.  The delights also include crafty visual effects for a decades-old movie on a low budget (the shots of a submarine gliding between underwater icebergs are almost eerily beautiful), but they are few when compared to the pedestrian plotting.  Even indulging in the cheesiness of it all doesn’t help the fact that it’s also boring and stilted.

The Criterion Collection:  #366

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