MAN was this a bad movie!
For some strange reason, I remember LOVING this movie whenever it aired on local TV. I remember always being excited when it showed up on either the big networks or the small local stations...it was almost like an event for me! I could have sworn this was awesome...
And the poster is super. Terrific illustration art, colorful, dynamic.
NONE of what you see in the poster is in the movie, by the way.
I'm not certain exactly what sugar-fried confection my brain was on, but seriously, this is stupendously awful from script to screen.
The plot involves an undersea lab, an earthquake, a rescue op and giant fish.
The OceanLab could have been made from Legos, and the movie was entirely filmed in an aquarium in some dentist's office in Canada.
No, that's not correct. The movie would have been infinitely BETTER if it had used Legos and that dentist's aquarium...
Nearly every line recited by an actor is a small, completely intact cliche. If you never saw this movie, you could still finish each actor's line before he or she finished it on screen.
That could be a fun drinking game at a college somewhere.
Borgnine tries his best; Gazzara tries even harder. Mimieux doesn't have to try...she's the eye candy of the all-male cast. Walter Pidgeon looks befuddled. If you turn on the English subtitles, half of his lines are, and I quote, "(exhales)". That's it. A rush of air.
Now, this DVD is pretty swell, though. A contemporaneous short featurette, trailers, TV spots, promotional materials, posters...and the image is remarkably crisp and colorful for a film of its' age and "importance."
The scenes with the fish looks SO bad...it's a riot. The triggerfish ramming the sub? Come on...a triggerfish? Couldn't they have come up with another more scary fish, like, I dunno, a perch? Salmon?
No, it's because all Dr. Simon DDS had in his office that day was triggerfish!
Seriously...it's SO bad but I'm still laughing at myself for once liking this. My folks must have thought I was mental...