Set just after the American civil war, businessman and inventor Victor Barbicane invents a new source of power called Power X. He plans to use it to power rockets, and to show its potential he plans to send a projectile to the moon.
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Director Byron Haskin's unremarkable, old-fashioned take on Jules Verne's classic science-fiction novel. Slow-paced and talky, it's too genteel and stodgy to generate the least bit of suspense of drama. The special effects are surprisingly few and not too impressive. Haskin has been involved with some sci-fi classics, but this isn't one of them - ceaselessly dull and instantly forgettable.