Rocketship X-M details
|Formats:||U DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||John Emery, Noah Beery Jr., Hugh O'Brian, Osa Massen, Lloyd Bridges|
|1hr 14 mins||U|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 14 minutes|
|Rental release:||Not currently released|
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How the future looked then.By P. King from Somerset , 20 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]In just 50 or so years, we have gained so much knowledge about the universe that many of the scientific 'facts' in Rocketship XM are hopelessly wrong. Its also horribly patronising to women. A reminder to all of us that today's certainties are tomorrows fallacies.
But don't let that put you off, when this was made; humanity's first trip to the moon was almost twenty years away. It's still a cracking good adventure.
The end features the high moralistic stance so popular then, a jaded modern viewer may find it a little nauseating.
The DVD also has comprehensive filmographies for the two main stars and the director. You will be astonished at the number of films Lloyd Bridges appeared in! Plus the original trailer.
Sci-fi fans, cultural and social historians will enjoy this film.
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Sad lack of monsters.By sidecar_jon (30 reviews) , 09 Apr 2013Great very solid mechanical rocket ship though inexplicably no German engineers evident (i wonder if they wee sort of ashamed of that). No crab/bat/spider monsters on Mars most disappointing.
rockets or bombs?By juradino (815 reviews) from London , 30 Jun 2011Space mission to Moon encounters problems and ends up diverted to Mars where it lands to encounter remains of previous civilization. Movie is in monochrome but Mars scenes have type of orange tint which makes them look quite effective. All equipment looks like science fiction from 1930s and some approaches to things like zero gravity for example are simplistic and incongruous if not comical. Ending is not even as good as in Planet of the Apes, hence no sequel. It is mercifully short at one hour fifteen minutes but it runs at reasonable pace. Not exactly recommendation for upcoming space age though. Hard to decide whether it was intended as send up or send off.
Cheap but not so cheerfulBy Yepanchon (25 reviews) from London , 24 Feb 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideDeviously designed to make you loose interest from minute one. Great anticipation and nervousness before take off (oi!, we're flying with Crumpet!) and total disregard for special effects (well, let's hoist this jacket with strings and this will make for zero gravity). Just wonder wether the actress playing Martian later sued for corneal damage. How on earth did they manage to miss an Academy Award?..well, it is just beyond my comprehension!.
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Dull and tiresomeBy Danno01 (31 reviews) from Hastings , 31 Jan 2011This maybe one of the more scientifically accurate 1950's SCI-FI films, but it shows it's rushed into production.
There is very little plot, the pace is extremely slow for something as ground breaking as the first manned flight into space, and the Mars episode is unbelievable.
Watch this while you redecorate the living room. Or better still, have a hot bath and a glass of wine, far more enjoyable.
Effectively hilariousBy Savage (632 reviews) from London, England , 02 Jun 2008
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideOf course, in 1950, the effect was not supposed to be hilarious, merely to splice some rocket science onto some wildly speculative fiction and see what emerged. Hence two military fliers, two scientists (one a woman - gasp) and a particularly useless astronomer head off for the moon one fine day, only to find themselves ending up on Mars where civilization has taken a turn for the worse. Could it happen here??!! The producers want us to think so. If Lloyd Bridges and Osa Massen have to sacrifice themselves for the good of humanity, then so be it.
By turns hysterical and utterly dull, the film fails almost completely to make anything of its various interesting plot threads, stranding us instead with a whole lot of boring jabber. We want more psychotic, blind, stone-age Martians.