“They’ve shifted the tilt of the earth. The stupid, crazy, irresponsible bastards — they’ve finally done it!”
A team of British newsmen tries to discover the truth behind the mysterious climate changes and natural disasters occurring on Earth.
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this is a “provocative, first-rate” sci-fi film. We are truly caught up in the curiosity, panic, and delirium that ensue as society gradually realizes it’s on a doomed, sweaty orbit towards the sun. Other than its slightly misleading title, my only complaint with the film is the rapid-fire delivery of the newsroom dialogue — I’ve always had this problem with movies about journalists, who are among the smartest characters ever written, but who rarely slow down enough to let us savor their words.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Leo McKern, who is given many memorable lines to speak (“[There’ll be] a delightful smell in the universe of charcoaled mankind”), and solidly anchors the film
- Janet Munro as the sexy young “deep throat” and romantic interest
- Excellent use of both original and stock-footage special effects
- Smart dialogue
Yes, as one of a handful of early, first-rate “nuclear holocaust” films.