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The movie's director, Sherman Rose, deftly explores the theme of loneliness and isolation among the crew's cast. Nora's failed suicide attempt and Frank's stoic acceptance of his being "rolled outside a bar after flashing a big roll" the night before seem to create a credible chemistry that bonds the characters' fates together. If misery loves company, Frank and Nora want no part of the company that waits outside the flimsy boundaries of their hotel room.
Black and white movies occasionally intensify austerity in a way that color films do not. The seeming hopelessness of Frank and Nora's situation, the desertion of the city, and unblinking, unnerving robot presence raise the emotional level of "Target Earth" up a couple of notches.
Viewers will like movie's ending too. The "science" portion of "Target Earth" gets the viewer to a strong visual climax as military scientists race against time to develop an ultrasonic sound wave generator that will defeat the invading menace. Will they get to Frank and Nora in time? Or will the lurking robot(s) find them first?Read more ›
Having said that, this was my first exposure to this taut, cheap little invasion flick, and I was fairly impressed. The black & white photography adds much to the feeling of isolation and desperation experienced by the characters. And the robot is pretty decent, by 50's sci-fi standards. Heckuva climax, too. But you'll have to see that for yourself.
Recommended for any fan of classic science fiction.
The story centers on Nora and Frank, two strangers who've been left behind while the city was evacuated in response to an unknown (to them) threat. The eerie opening music creates the mood as Nora wakes from the stupor of an attempted suicide via sleeping pills. Alarmed to discover that both her rooming house and the entire city (as seen through her window) seem to be deserted, she gets dressed and goes off in search of someone.
With overhead photography worthy of Hitchcock, we follow Nora through the streets as she stumbles upon a dead body and eventually meets Frank, an out-of-town businessman who was also left behind after being mugged and knocked out the previous evening. They join forces, and eventually meet up with a drunken, bickering couple in an abandoned nightclub.
Together the four go outside, determined to find a way out of town. It is then that they have their first encounter with the invaders, robots from space armed with a deadly heat ray. Here is where you have to suspend judgment about the primitive special effects, but the rest of the movie is fast-paced and suspenseful, right up to the end.
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Movie is based on a short story I read. Wanted to see how closely it mirrored the story. Some but not too much. Watchable movie - barely.Published 2 months ago by R. Belmont
Although it doesn't get much more low budget than Target Earth, if you ignore the cheesy, low tech robot invader (all of one of them), this is actually a very engaging and intimate... Read morePublished 7 months ago by magellan
Low Budget, done on the cheap but great old time sci-fi makes up Target Earth. Only 4 main characters trying to survive against an invading menace (you have to watch to see what... Read morePublished 11 months ago by W. Pender
Okay, so it's a campy movie, but it is really entertaining and I never tire of watching it. (I think I've watched it about 3 dozen times).Published 13 months ago by Plain Jane
I first saw this film around 1963 on TV. It literally scared me to death! For years I tried to find a VHS tape but it was not to be, until I searched Amazon. Read morePublished 17 months ago by John Livingston
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