Crack in the World, distinguished principally by some startling special effects, imaginatively focuses on an ill-fated experiment to tap the unlimited energy residing within the earth’s core which nearly blows up the world.
Produced in Spain for Philip Yordan’s Security Pictures, the Paramount release carries a more legitimate premise [story by Jon Manchip White] than the regular science-fiction entry, strictly fictional in tone and context. Here is an entirely logical scientific operation, of drilling through the earth’s crust to reach the molten mass called magma, which, brought to the surface under controlled conditions, could give the world all the energy it would ever want.
Dana Andrews plays part of the scientist in charge of the operation, dying with fast cancer, and Kieron Moore his assistant who believes his superior’s plan will end in the disaster which eventuates, both handling their roles okay. Janette Scott is Andrews’ scientist-wife, actually in love with Moore, a rather thankless role which she sparks as much as possible.