Hero research scientist Hugh Marlowe, back in the nation’s capital after surviving The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), tries to prevent an invasion of the Earth after aliens abduct his father-in-law.
He slows down the plodding story even further by embarking on a sluggish romantic interlude with Joan Taylor.
Commendable only for special effects genius Ray Harryhausen’s flying saucers trashing the landmarks of Washington DC, this routine science-fiction fantasy lifts most of its plot from HG Wells’s The War of the Worlds, but does little else with its Mars Attacks! (1996) scenario.
Dr Russell A Marvin
Thomas Browne Henry
Fred F Sears