A Review of "The Flight That Disappeared"
“TERROR IN THE SKY…beyond known flight!” If only this film a higher budget and better acting, it might be considered one of the better science fiction films to come out of the Cold War era. Instead, The Flight That Disappeared gets lumped in with the rest of the B-level films of that time period that are low on budget, and high on cheese. That is unfortunate. This is a movie that plays out much like a Twilight Zone episode, where a plane full of passengers including a nuclear physicist (Dayton Lummis), rocket propulsion scientist (Craig Hill), and mathematician (Paula Raymond), are on their way to Washington D.C, with the three aforementioned headed to a secret meeting at the Pentagon to discuss the creation of an atomic bomb so destructive, it could destroy an entire country. Along the way, the plane comes to mysterious circumstances, where it climbs to an elevation so high that most people lose consciousness, and essentially disappears into thin air. While in this altered state, the three realize that they have entered another dimension, where they are being kept in suspended animation. They manage to leave the plane only to find themselves confronted by beings from the future, those who have not yet been born on earth whose very existence is threatened by the bomb they wish to create. They are put on trial for this, and a jury consisting of these beings must decide their ultimate fate. Unlike other cheap, science fiction ventures, this film is entirely dialogue-driven, and the script is quite good. The acting can be weak and amateurish at times, the budgetary limitations are apparent, and there is enough cigarette smoking for this to have been produced by Phillip Morris, but overall, this is a very powerful anti-nuclear war film. When the three main characters are put on trial, you can feel the pain that the beings are in since they know they may never be born if earth is destroyed by a bomb they created. You can try to imagine how audiences of the time, in the midst of potential nuclear war at any moment, must have felt upon seeing this film. This is a hidden gem of 1960’s sci-fi, and despite the flaws, worth your time. Also starring Harvey Stevens and Meg Wyllie. Directed by Reginald LeBorg. Final Verdict: Doesn’t Suck.
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