Overcomplicated metaphor used for a simple idea, and all executed badly.... but the cinematography is great..... but why should that matter if the substance is garbage? Horrible script, and the first 20 minutes are absolutely pointless.... and that "Black Leather" song...... A lot of style and absolutely no substance. I was rooting for Reed's character to kill everyone by the end.
I'm more familiar with traditional Hammer films in gothic style but I must admit that this one figures among the best from the firm. Intriguing story and political message. The sci-fiction progressively emerges with children given a to strange scientific-radioactive system underneath the cliffs where are finally traped the heroes of the film. Oliver Reed definitely played in some of the most memorable hammer films.
Más alla de ser un Hammer Film y tener una premisa interesante que se desarrolla en plena crisis nuclear y era espacial, la dirección deja mucho que desear y hace que todo se vaya al carajo, con graves errores de continuidad y verosimilitud sobreexplotada más alla de lo permitido al genero...
I had to think about the film for a while to really appreciate it. It's certainly one of the most important entries in Hammer's cannon(it certainly has the least obvious villains and is the most socially relevant) .The sense of sadness the film creates with the isolation of the children is especially haunting as is the bleak ending. This was my first Joseph Losey and I can't way to see more.
Odd Hammer production from director Joseph Losey is an offbeat sci-fi thriller melding elements of rebellious youth and Cold War paranoia. It's awkwardly paced at times, but the story is consistently intriguing - particularly its bleak ending - even if it isn't quite on the level of Hammer's superb Quatermass series. Great score by James Bernard.