Thursday, November 12, 2015

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun aka Doppelgänger (1969)

Another science fiction movie from time before Star Wars ruined it all for serious science fiction movies. Original Star Wars trilogy was good but it changed what people expected from science fiction movies. Before Star Wars the idea was important. After Star Wars visual effects and action took more important role. Science Fiction movies with interesting ideas were still made but market was floated with Star Wars influenced movies.

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun is good example of old science fiction movies where the idea is most important. Satellite finds new planet another side of the sun. Mission is send to study the planet. Ship crashes to planet. When surviving astronaut wakes up he is told he is back on Earth after three weeks when mission should have taken six weeks.

Astronaut is sure they didn't turn back and he is sure they crashed to new planet. After a while he realizes everything is mirror image of what he remembers from Earth. This leads to twist which is spoiled in original name. Journey to the Far Side of the Sun is better name and describes movie better.

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun stays serious science fiction through out the movie. It doesn't become action movie. It is closer to horror than action. It felt little like Twilight Zone episode at times but only a little. Twilight Zone would have told the story differently but it could have told the same story.

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