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Major Joe Nolan heads a rescue mission in the South Pacific to recover a downed atomic rocket. The crew crashlands on a mysterious island, and spends much time rock-climbing. They meet up with a native girl, a big lizard, and some dinosaurs. Written by
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When the plane loses power and starts to go down, the men seated on the port side of the cabin are shown clinging to their seats against the angle of descent, the tail end on the left higher than the nose on the right. (This is also consistent with the shot of the cockpit from the starboard side, showing the angle of the plane high on the left, toward the tail, sloping down to the nose to the right.) The shot of the men on the starboard side of the cabin should show the same angle of descent in reverse: the plunging nose on the left, the higher tail on the right. But instead, the shot of the starboard side shows the same tilt as the port side - higher tail on the left, lower nose on the right - which, taken literally, would mean the starboard side of the plane was plummeting to the ground in the opposite direction of the port side. See more »
Look at the size of that footprint! I've never seen anything like it before!
I have. Once... in a museum.
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In its day this film probably did appeal to teenagers looking for some vicarious adventure. "Lost Continent" is your typical 1950's Saturday afternoon matinée movie. With all that walking and climbing the characters do, there's anticipation of what they might find, and that anticipation probably lent some tension to the plot for viewers back then. Furthermore, no one could have foreseen CGI. The film's dinosaurs thus were probably quite impressive to kids in those days.
But, by current standards, "Lost Continent" is bland, unimaginative, slow, and hopelessly cheap looking. The story, about scientists who go in search of a downed rocket, is razor thin. It's really just a rehash of "The Lost World" (1925), except that in "Lost Continent", WWII rocket technology is the rationale for the exploration.
The action takes forever to get going. There's lots of back story and routine human drama scenes, all of which could have been edited out. But in that case, the film's run time would have only been about thirty minutes.
In addition to the thin story, another problem is the cinematography. In the many, many rock climbing scenes, there are too many close-up shots. Some distance shots would have provided at least some sense of vertigo, and therefore could have heightened the tension and suspense.
As cinema entertainment, "Lost Continent" cannot compete with more recent sci-fi. The film now is little more than a historic relic of a bygone era when viewers were much easier to please.
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