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What's Happening: Passenger flight finds itself suspended in time
Famous For: Feels like a Twilight Zone or Outer Limits episode
Compared with other moralistic sci-fi such as The 27th Day, Flight that Disappeared comes across as rather easy and limited. It's serious and sedate for the first 45 minutes , as we gradually learn that Flight 60' s predicament is related to the production of Cold War weapons of mass destruction and what "people of the future" might think. A bearded nuclear scientist feels guilty about his work , while an old patriot feels extra excited. Ultimately , the picture simplistically assumes that all weapons of mass destruction must inevitably lead to disaster. Theremins help create a spooky atmosphere, but the picture becomes repetitive and obvious, with the final third resembling a lecture. One character even says "I don't know. I just don't know." At the conclusion, it's almost more supernatural than science fiction. The decent "Odyssey of Flight 33" Twilight Zone episode was televised in February 1961, while Flight was released in September.
Goldweber, David Elroy (2012-06-14). Claws & Saucers: Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Film: A Complete Guide: 1902-1982 (Kindle Locations 27135-27168). David E. Goldweber. Kindle Edition.
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