During the US Civil War, Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island, inhabited by giant plants and animals. They must use their ingenuity to survive the dangers, and to devise a way to return home.
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**1/2. Dated adventure movie with a musical score by Bernard Herrmann and visual effects by Ray Harryhausen. If you're not impressed by the giant animals created by Ray, you might admire Joan Greenwood in shorts or no-smile Herbert Lom in the role of Captain Nemo. Reserved to nostalgic ones or Herrmann and Harryhausen fans.
Harryhausen is victorious again in this rousing adventure that not only delivers in its special effects but also its sense of adventure and thrills. It does fizzle out of some of its unexcited charm but I can't say I didn't have an entertaining experience.