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Thin Air

UK 1969
produced by
Tony Tenser for Tigon
directed by Gerry Levy
starring Patrick Allen, George Sanders, Maurice Evans, Neil Connery, Lorna Wilde, Hilary Dwyer (= Hilary Heath), Allan Cuthbertson, Michael Culver, Sally Faulkner, Shelagh Fraser, Carl Rigg
written by Gerry Levy, Michael St.Clair, Peter Marcus, music by Reg Tilsley

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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When 11 parachuters disappear into thin air while jumping for no apparent reason, the British army hires pilot Bob Megan (Patrick Allen) - for no apparent reason - to investigate. Bob soon teams up with a bunch of scientists - Doctor Matthews (Maurice Evans) & Julie Slade (Hilary Dwyer) -, his friend Jim Radford (Neil Connery) who I think is a parachute manufacturer, & army general Armstrong (George Sanders), who seems to be little more than Bob's driver, & with the help of them it takes Bob a painfully long time to find out the obvious: that all the men who have disappeared were trained for space flight. Bob howeer seems to be much more interested in mysterius beauty Lorna anyway, with whom he soon has sex on the beach (the actual intercourse, not the cocktail), but who seems to be somehow involved in all of this.

Eventually 2 of the parachuters are found again, dead & there whole cellular structure & metabolism changed almost beyond recognition. Doctor Matthews suggests aliens, but down-to-earth Bob dismisses this idea as ... wel las science fiction.

Of course after many a subplot that leads nowhere, it turns out that the parachuters were indeed victims of alien abduction (the aliens obviously need them to repopulate their planet), & the leader of the aliens is ... Doc Matthews. & Doc Matthews can't let a puny human spoil his plans ... but of course Doc Matthews has a female companion - who to noone's surprise turns out to be Lorna -, & soon the 2 aliens start bickering until she shoots him to save Bob, her lover. & then Bob even convinces her to let the kidnapped parachuters go & promises her that in the course of a year, he will gather some men who will willingly go to her planet ...

 

Incredibly stupid, weak & cheapish blend of James Bond- & alien abduction-genre elements, with a plot that obviously was not thought through at all, with most of the narrative threads leading to nowhere & being dropped on a whim, wioth a disappointing climax & a very unspecctacular treatment of its sci-fi elements.

No I have to admit, that all these ingredients could still make a great, entertaining movie, only in this case it is a boring disappointment.

 

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