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- 98 min.
- Fred M. Wilcox
- Adventure, Sci-Fi
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- 6.5% (1:15)
SiskoidForbidden Planet is, quite specifically, the template for Star Trek's original pilot The Cage, and for the series that followed, and an inspiration both directly and indirectly for loads of science fiction, including Lost in Space (the same robot), Time Tunnel (the underground base) and Terry Nation's episodes of Doctor Who (as well as the program's electronic music score). The story feels very old-fashioned today, but in the same way those shows do. The sexual politics are primitive by our standards, the acting fairly limited in texture, and the story so full of now well established tropes, it can't help but feel dated. Forbidden Planet's LOOK, however, still stands up. The sets, matte paintings, effects (animation and rotoscoping, etc.) all look great, and are all the more impressive for having been achieved in the 1950s. Watching it today is like being an archaeologist; you'll dig up the precursors of everything you love in SF. 6 years 1 month ago
kaffyAll entertainment aspects aside, this movie's presence in countless science fiction movies to come is undeniable. Having never seen it before, one might be convinced that the film is nothing more than an amalgam of tired sci-fi cliches rather than its creator.
On a completely unrelated note, the only thing I found unbelievable was the cook wearing a hat and apron in outer space. Completely ruined the entire movie for me. 9 years 8 months ago
acoltismypassportI'm not the most enthusiastic sci-fi fan, but I absolutely loved this. 8 years 1 month ago
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