Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Wreck of the Mary Deare

Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston do not act on the same amplitude or frequency. This aspect was not put to any particular use in this yarn about a wreck salvagers and down on his heels ship's master. I personally would have cast Randolph Scott and Burt Lancaster, but there you go. The script doesn't go in for much thematic complexity and without the charisma of the principals would be insipid. The climax (with Richard Harris) plays exactly like a Jonny Quest scene but with no kids around. Opening sequence is flawed by an unconvincing miniature shot which is unfortunate the rest of the effects are fine. The derelict ship interiors are impressive.

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