Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5. USA, 1951. Lippert Pictures. Screenplay by Millard Kaufman. Cinematography by Henry Freulich, Allen G. Siegler. Produced by Irving Block, Jack Rabin. Music by Ernest Gold. Production Design by Irving Block, Jack Rabin. Film Editing by Terry O. Morse.
Humanity is suffering the effects of too many wars and dwindling natural resources, encouraging scientists to gather a few experts and have them drill to the earth’s core in search of a place that victims of nuclear disaster can live safely. Turns out if you dig deep enough into the centre of the planet, you’ll find a place that has its own sky and ocean. That’s the sort of thing you’re gonna find in this silly science-fiction film, featuring a bland cast of actors whose petty squabbles make up the bulk of the action while a few special effects sequences earn the box office ticket. It hasn’t aged well and doesn’t look too great, but watch it if you’re curious to see a precursor to something like The Core.