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Planeta Bur

Planet of Storms
Planeta Burg / Planet der Stürme / Cosmonauts on Venus / Planet of Tempests

USSR 1962
produced by
L. Presnyakova, Vladimir Yemelyanov for Leningrad Film Studio
directed by Pavel Klushantsev
starring Vladimir Yemelyanov, Georgi Zhzhyonov, Gennadi Vernov, Yuri Sarantsev, Georgi Tejkh, Kyunna Ignatova
written by Aleksandr Kazantsev, Pavel Klushantsev, music by Iogann Admoni, Aleksandr Chernov, special effects by V. Shelkov

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Three Soviet spaceships are on their way to Venus to explore the planet - but when one is destroyed by a meteor, that puts the whole project into jeopardy - but as the cosmonauts on the other two ships are more than determined to explore the planet anyways, the mission goes ahead anyways. Each of the other ships sends down a landing glider, but one of the glider gets off course and crashes onto the planet, and it's only thanks to robot John  that the two cosmonauts (Georgi Tejkh, Yuri Sarantsev) don't get hurt. They are now trying to get to the rendez vous points with the others, but have to fight dinosaurs and the like, then John goes temporarily bonkers when too much water has been pouring onto him, and finally he has to carry the two cosmonauts over a lake of hot molten lava and suddenly wants to drop them to save himself. He can be turned off for good only just.

Meanwhile the other three cosmonauts (Gennadi Vernov, Vladimir Yemelyanov, Georgi Zhzhyonov) comb the planet on their hovering vehicle in search of their comrades and have to fight dangers of their own (including a pterodactyl). They meet up with the others just in time to save them from the now immobile robot in the middle of the lava lake.

Reunited, they finish the exploration of the planet, then they return to their return ship, where Masha (Kyunna Ignatova) has in the meantime grown more than a little worried about them and almost abandoned ship to save them - which would have derived them of their only way to get back home.

All's well, only the expectations of one crewmember (Gennadi Vernov) are not fulfilled: To find a Venusian civilisation, which he had expected to find based on a bronze statue he has found.

It's only in one of the final shots, when the cosmonauts are long gone, that it is suggested there really is civilized life on Venus.

 

Not a masterpiece, but a nice piece of science fiction adventure from the Soviet Union that's by far less childish and simplistic than its US-American counterparts - and on that note, it's ironic that the film was eventually doomed to become portion of two Roger Corman-produced American films, Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet and Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women, which not only snatched the special effects from this one but also large parts of the narrative scenes, pretty much retelling this movie with a different (and unnecessary) framing story. As for the special effects of Planet of Storms: They're pretty good for their time but of course a bit naive from today's point of view. Anyways, if you like cosmonauts fighting man-sized dinosaurs, robots and weird hovering vehicles, then this film won't disappoint you.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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