Mysterious Island (1961, USA/GBR) C-101m. ** D: Cy Endfield. Starring Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom, Beth Rogan, Percy Herbert. Jules Verne fantasy about some P.O.W.s who escape in a balloon, which carries them to remote island where they joins forces with two female shipwrecks, and ultimately, Captain Nemo (Lom). They soon notice that the island is inhabited by giant animals, which threaten their lives. Kind-of a sequel to 20000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954), but rather slowly-paced and talky, anti-climactic most of the way. You think something is going to happen, but it doesn't. Only four Ray Harryhausen stop-motion monsters appear. All in all, it's an old-fashioned, colorful adventure, if you like this kind of thing. Score by Bernard Herrmann.



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