Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Destination Moon

I just watched Destination Moon as an escape from the depressing news cycle. It was an amazingly good movie. I did not expect much from a science fiction movie made in 1950. Even the ones that people call classics mostly disappoint. I was only watching it because it was written by Robert A. Heinlein. The blurb at IMDB says it is the first movie that tried to be scientifically accurate about a trip to the moon. It was that and more. It watches like a propaganda piece to convince US to go to the moon. But an entertaining propaganda piece. The special effects were uneven. The worst were good for the time and the best were way ahead of that. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in watching a movie that tries to accurately predict what a future technology would look like compared to how it actually turned out.

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