NOTHING TO DO BUT THROW ROCKS AT TIN CANS, AND WE GOTTA BRING OUR OWN TIN CANS.82>
Brilliant, visionary, original sci fi classic. A spaceship arrives at a distant planet to relieve the colonists who landed there many years before. They discover that the only survivors are a scholar and his daughter and a domestic robot the scholar has assembled. The Commander of the C-57D informs the scholar that his orders do not cover this eventuality and that he'll need to contact Earth, not a small feat at such a distance. The scholar offers his robot to help with the project, urging the Commander to depart as soon as possible. Unfortunately, a malevolent force on the planet begins wreaking havoc, just as the scholar had warned.
The scholar reveals the functional remnants of an ancient civilization, a colossal machine 25 miles square, buried under the surface of the planet. He tells the Commander that his intelligence had been boosted after a nearly-fatal experience with an educational device that is part of the colossal machine, and that had allowed him to build the robot and the study the ancient civilization over the years. An officer slips into the professor's house and the entrance to the ancient civilization and suffers grave damage using the educational device, but before he expires, he is able to whisper to the Commander, warning of "monsters from the id..." When the Commander demands that the scholar focus on this possibility, that his own mind is causing the invisible monster to attack, the invisible monster appears, intent on destroying the scholar.
AN HEROIC SPACEMAN DURING THE BATTLE WITH THE INVISIBLE MONSTER.82>
ON BOARD UNITED PLANETS CRUISER C-57D.82>
DR. EDWARD MORBIUS.82>
Anne Francis is gorgeous. And talented. She plays the perky-smart daughter perfectly. Adds another dimension to the movie.
THINGS HEAD SOUTH.82>
Monsters from the id. They'll trip you up every time. Shortly hereafter in the film, Dr. Morbius, having been fatally wounded, triggers a self-destruct feature in the Krill windings and instructs the Commander to escape with Alta and the robot. The robot is shown piloting the spaceship to a safe distance 24 hours later as the planet explodes. "A genuine privilege, Commander." The robot and Alta each add a great deal to the movie overall. The deadpan robot dialog is often hilarious.