The start of this fun movie from the early sixties immediately caught my attention. The montage of the early failures of men trying to reach for the skies got me perfectly into the mood of not expecting a high flyer, but a fun little adventure.
The movie introduces Vincent Prince as a sort of Captain Nemo of the skies, who tries to bomb the world into piece using his incredible airship, The Albatross. Heck the entire movie can basically be summed up as an airspace version of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. With both of these stories coming from master author Jules Verne this is hardly surprising. That makes the story a bit of a bore and unsurprising, as you know how things are probably going to play out.
The movie suffers also a bit from the low-budget they had the work with. Especially the sets look extremely cheap and are more reminiscent of sets used in fifties tv-shows. The special effects however are quite exceptional for its day and age. The miniature of The Albatross is a sight to behold. As I’ve said time and time again, I’m a sucker for miniature work and the models in this movie are no exception.
Master Of The World is not a masterpiece like it’s “20,000 Leagues”-sister. But it’s still a fun watch.
Title: Master Of The World
Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure
Duration: 1h 42min
Directed by: William Witney
Starring: Vincent Price, Charles Bronson, Henry Hull
In Morgantown Pennsylvania in 1868, the local residents hear a booming voice coming from the local mountain, the Great Eyrie. John Strock from the Department of the Interior is tasked with finding out just what is happening there and approaches Philip Evans for the use of his balloon which would allow him to view the mountain from air. Accompanied by Evans’ fiancée Dorothy Prudent and her father, they come under attack from rockets fired from inside the mountain. They are soon the prisoners of Captain Robur, a pacifist who is in command of the Albatross, 150 a foot-long airship. His mission in life is to stop all wars – even if he has to make war on nation states in order to achieve it.