Beyond the Time Barrier
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The film opens with Major William Allison (Robert Clarke) taking the super-nifty new X-80 aircraft on what is essentially a sub-orbital spin, unleashing the full power of the specially-designed rocket engine at the unprecedented height of 500,000 feet. During the test, he loses contact with mission control and gets hit with a cheesy special effect, but he still manages to return to base successfully. Upon arrival, though, he is beyond perplexed to find what should be a bustling Air Force base totally abandoned and in an advanced state of decay.Read more ›
There are a bunch of crazy mutants held prisoner, who escape and the pilot has to try to get back to his jet before others destroy it and escape back to the past.
Cool futuristic sets and and bizarre ambience.
While cheap, it's not bad the way "Plan 9" is. Interesting time travel flick from the perspective of the 50s.
When you open the DVD it shows a drop down list for the logo, a trailer and the film itself. Pretty cheaply put together.
And the quality of the film is fairly bad, a high contrast black & white print. I've seen much better quality black & white films from this era 1960.
Story and Plot:
The acting was pretty routine and the story, though it had some interesting points to make here and there, was fairly cardboard and uninteresting.
A man takes a flight to near space and accidentally goes into a time warp, ending up on Earth 67 years later, in the year 2024. It takes the guy forever to figure out that he is in the future despite all evidence. He's even asked point blank "Do you know what year this is?" and he says "What does that have to do with it, of course I do!"
Despite the slow thinking jet pilot, there are some bright spots in this story. We have the mutants and the sterilized humans, many of them deaf mutes, brought on by a plague that hit the Earth in the 1970s and wiped out half the population, with many escaping to colonies on Mars and Venus.
I thought the whole "plague from outer space" thing and the fact that numerous atom bomb tests destroyed the layer protecting us from "cosmic rays" was a bit far-fetched. On the other hand we do have the current ozone layer problem, so maybe not!
Darlene Tompkins plays the deaf mute girl, the few who are fertile, and she wants to make it with the astronaut, played clumsily by Robert Clarke.Read more ›
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AND --note how amazon rates it higher than the average actualky is
I got bored, and didn't watch it all the way through. It probably was good for the time it was made, but there have been a lot better time travel movies since then!Published 3 months ago by Bruce H
In what universe would this movie EVERY make it on anyone watch again list....unless you have awful movies to make fun at list.Published 5 months ago by frederick
Quite possibly the greatest movie of the 20th century about traveling through time in a F-102 and being taken captive by futurans wielding m1 carbines that was filmed partially in... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chris
Very fast delivery. Enjoy these old si-fi movies. Happy with my purchasePublished 5 months ago by crackpot