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Moon Zero Two

Moon Zero Two [from an original story by Gavin Lyall, Frank Hardman and Martin Davison] never makes up its mind whether it is a spoof or a straightforward space-adventure yarn. Overall it's a fairly dull experience, despite some capable artwork and special effects.

With:
James Olson Catherine Schell Warren Mitchell Adrienne Corri Bernard Bresslaw Dudley Foster

Moon Zero Two [from an original story by Gavin Lyall, Frank Hardman and Martin Davison] never makes up its mind whether it is a spoof or a straightforward space-adventure yarn. Overall it’s a fairly dull experience, despite some capable artwork and special effects.

Space travel has progressed by 2021, and the moon’s virtually oldhat. First man to set foot on Mars (James Olson) declines to work as a regular passenger pilot.

Final sequence offers a spot of excitement, but the whole film tends to limp. Moon City’s airport, its Wild West saloon and other amenities are presumably meant to be satire but it doesn’t come off.

Olson is a melancholy hero. Mitchell plays with tongue in cheek, Bernard Bresslaw as one of his thugs seems bewildered by the entire proceedings.

Moon Zero Two

UK

Production: Hammer. Director Roy Ward Baker; Producer Michael Carreras; Screenplay Michael Carreras; Camera Paul Besson; Editor Spencer Reeve; Music Don Ellis; Art Director Scott MacGregor

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 100 MIN.

With: James Olson Catherine Schell Warren Mitchell Adrienne Corri Bernard Bresslaw Dudley Foster

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