The crew of a starship on a year-long exploratory mission in the Alpha Centauri system discovers that the greatest dangers lie within in this engrossing adventure, arguably the high point of the space-opera tradition in Czech science fiction.
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Reminded me a lot of 'Forbidden Planet', however this one is a bit darker, which I can appreciate. There's a few scenes in this where the shot composition is just astounding. The plot and writing isn't all that amazing though, but still worth a watch.
Anything involving Pavel Juracek raises by curiosity. This now ranks as one of my most favourite sci-fi films, given that my familiarity with the genre is minimal. Not a reworking by any means like say Godard's 'Alphaville', the film revels in residing comfortably within the skin of the genre.
A WONDERFUL representation of early sci-fi, with a very unique, realistic story, great visuals heightened by wonderful cinematography, a compelling soundtrack, and a KILLER ending. Each character gets an adequate amount of development as well. This may have been made on a budget, but this is not what I consider a B-movie. A must watch! Enjoy!