The Atomic Submarine

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The Atomic Submarine

Post  BoG on Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:24 pm



Something is destroying ships in the Arctic Circle, so shipping lanes there are closed down and the special sub Tiger Shark is sent to investigate (and possibly eliminate) the mysterious threat.  There are several specially-selected scientists aboard to help figure things out. There's a bit of drama involved regarding the exec (Arthur Franz) and a young civilian scientist (Brett Halsey); the young scientist is the son of a former military man whom the exec reveres; but the scientist is a pacifist whose outspoken attitudes have ruined his father's life. The sub's crew eventually encounter an alien flying saucer creeping around under the waves and then, after ramming this saucer, they encounter the saucer's occupant, a one-eyed monster (but, as the alien explains, it's all relative: to the alien, we are very ugly).

This is on the slow side for the first two-thirds of the film; the sub spends a lot of time looking for the elusive threat - over a month - weaving in and around the Arctic (this is also shown via maps). But, the final act is fairly entertaining, with not all the crew surviving the alien encounter - the manner of death, getting roasted, is sort of horrific for that time. Some of the interior sets are very low budget and do not look like the interior of a sub. And, some of the exterior shots of the sub, perhaps purposely blurred so that we don't notice that it's a very small model, are lame. The alien does explain - via telepathy - the strategy of his alien race, that of scoping out a potential new world for themselves, but the alien's voice is unintentionally comical with all the melodramatics. BoG's Score: 5 out of 10


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Trivia From the Submarine:
SUPPOSEDLY INFLUENCED THE TV SERIES VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA...
AND, ONE OF THE EPISODES OF THAT SHOW WAS A 'REMAKE' OF THIS FILM'S STORY...
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