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An early, nearly-forgotten film in the disaster film genre (before the disaster film cycle of the seventies), this shows what may happen if modern man-made science has a detrimental effect on the very Earth, making this similar to the much later THE CORE (2003). The credits begin with what seems like an exaggerated lightning strike/thunder audio effect - the crack of doom! Uh-oh.
There follows what seems like stock footage to me, of forest fires, poor little animals fleeing... Moore explains to the officials that eventually the Earth will be ripped apart - I think this means we would end up as another asteroid belt, like the one between Mars & Jupiter. Someone better come up with a counter plan - I believe it has to do with more atomic explosions; or maybe hydrogen bombs? And magma; and falling into magma. There's also a scene of a train failing to cross a tottering bridge. This film is a very serious attempt at such a wild subject matter, despite how it sounds; everyone takes themselves very seriously and they are good actors, so some of it works. BoG's Score: 6.5 out of 10
An official DVD was finally released not long ago. See also, of course, THE CORE (2003) and the new 2012 (2009) film for similar..."mass destruction on an apocalyptic scale!"
See also KRAKATOA-EAST OF JAVA (1969); EARTHQUAKE (1974); THE CASSANDRA CROSSING (1977); VOLCANO (1997) and possibly a few others.
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