Wednesday, February 4, 2015

AROUND THE WORLD UNDER THE SEA (1966)

In order to help protect people from future earthquakes, a crew of scientists have been given the task to circumnavigate the Earth underwater and plant 50 sensors at predetermined locations.  Interesting idea for a film.  I think I'll watch it!  Two hours later:  "...zzzzzzzzz!  Uggh, ohh, hey...did I fall asleep?"  I wish it had gone this way (or I even had somebody to talk to!), but no I stayed awake through the entire thing and it was rough.  The rescue scene at the beginning was interesting, but after that things just got lamer and lamer.  I wasn't expecting the story to be realistic but ATWUTS is completely bonkers.  At one point they're talking about how the water outside near these hydrothermal vents is 390 degrees.  There's some trouble planting the sensor, so what does Lloyd Bridges do?  He throws on his normal scuba gear (remember we're at the bottom of the ocean) and plants the damn thing himself!!!  Afterwards he simply says "That was the hottest I've ever been in my life!"  No shit.  There are many moments like this.

I'm sure ATWUTS was geared towards kids (and I'm not the biggest fan of older kids movies), but I was at least hoping for some exciting adventure.  No.  All of the underwater locations all over the world looked exactly the same, there was absolutely no feeling of being in a new location, the submarine set was dark and boring, the underwater miniatures looked fake as hell, pointless side story about some underwater treasure, bad dialogue, plot holes galore, topless Lloyd Bridges.

I'm sure people who saw this as an impressionable child still have fond memories of ATWUTS, but as an adult and a first time viewer I was bored senseless.  Skip it was a vengeance.