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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.
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
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 ...
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