Mysterious Island

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  • Approved
  • 1951
  • 4 hr 12 min
  • 6.0  (217)

Mysterious Island is an adventure sci-fi movie released in 1951 based on the 1874 novel of the same name by Jules Verne. The movie is set in the 19th century during the American Civil War, where a group of Union soldiers plot to escape from a Confederate prison camp with the help of Captain Nemo, the enigmatic character from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

The group manages to board a hot air balloon that flies away in a storm and crash-lands on a strange volcanic island. They soon discover that the island is inhabited by giant animals, including a crab that can rock a small boat, a giant bird called a roc, and prehistoric animals like dinosaurs.

The group is led by the intrepid engineer, Captain Cyrus Harding (Richard Crane) who tries to find shelter for the group and figure out a way to escape. Along the way, they meet a shipwrecked captain named Captain Nemo (Herbert Corthell), who first saved them from the island's dangers and then takes them to his underwater cave.

While in the cave, the group discovers that he has managed to create a high-tech submarine and other incredible inventions inspired by Jules Verne's works. Captain Nemo reveals that he has been on the island for many years and possesses vast knowledge about the land's mysteries.

As they spend more time on the island, they discover that there is an active volcano that poses a considerable risk to their survival. Captian Nemo offers to help the group escape into his submarine. As they travel in the submarine, the group realizes that they will need to use their wits and teamwork to navigate treacherous waters and overcome hostile creatures such as giant squids.

Mysterious Island is a thrilling combination of science fiction and adventure, with a fantastic blend of special effects and cinematic tension. The movie's cast is compelling, and the beautiful scenery of the island and its creatures is a sight to behold. While some aspects of the movie may seem quaint by today's standards, the overall sense of danger and adventure remains captivating.

The film's standout performance is given by Richard Crane as Captain Cyrus Harding, who leads the group through the island's dangers with intelligence and skill. He is a natural leader who inspires confidence and trust, and his chemistry with the rest of the group adds depth to the movie's story.

Another noteworthy performance is given by Herbert Corthell as the mysterious Captain Nemo, who commands a presence on screen and adds a sense of intrigue and wonder to the proceedings. His inventions and technological marvels transport the audience into a fantasy world made real, and his backstory provides a unique take on a well-known character from the literary world.

The cinematography of Mysterious Island is remarkable for its time, capturing the island's beauty and danger with stunning images that create a sense of wonder and peril alike. The special effects, while dated by today's standards, still manage to impress with their detail and craftsmanship.

In conclusion, Mysterious Island is an entertaining and engaging movie that manages to create a unique sense of adventure and science fiction. The movie's strong cast, breathtaking visuals, and impressive special effects make it a classic of its genre and a must-see for fans of Jules Verne's works. It is a movie that has stood the test of time and will continue to thrill audiences for generations to come.

Mysterious Island is a 1951 science fiction movie with a runtime of 4 hours and 12 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

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    4 hr 12 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (217)