HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Into the Mirror
Support the Girls
Werewolf
Little Monsters
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans
Pentathlon
Anna
Moulin Rouge
Ray & Liz
African Queen, The
Helen Morgan Story, The
Golem, Der
Yentl
Finishing Line, The
Triple Threat
Mysterious Castle in the Carpathians, The
Driven
Planet of the Dinosaurs
Gwen
Big Breadwinner Hog
Thunder Road
Moby Dick
Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie
Mad Room, The
Phantom of the Megaplex
Night Sitter, The
Child's Play
Power, The
Midsommar
After Midnight
Dolemite is My Name
Varda by Agnes
Toy Story 4
Master Z: Ip Man Legacy
Man Who Never Was, The
Greener Grass
Scobie Malone
Gangster, the Cop, the Devil, The
Brightburn
   
 
Newest Articles
Cleesed Off: Clockwise on Blu-ray
Sorry I Missed You: Les Demoiselles de Rochefort on Blu-ray
Silliest of the Silly: Monty Python's Flying Circus Series 1 on Blu-ray
Protest Songs: Hair on Blu-ray
Peak 80s Schwarzenegger: The Running Man and Red Heat
Rock On: That'll Be the Day and Stardust on Blu-ray
Growing Up in Public: 7-63 Up on Blu-ray
Learn Your Craft: Legend of the Witches and Secret Rites on Blu-ray
70s Psycho-Thrillers! And Soon the Darkness and Fright on Blu-ray
Split: Stephen King and George A. Romero's The Dark Half on Blu-ray
Disney Post-Walt: Three Gamechangers
But Doctor, I Am Pagliacci: Tony Hancock's The Rebel and The Punch and Judy Man on Blu-ray
Once Upon a Time in Deadwood: Interview with Director Rene Perez
Shit-Eating Grim: Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom on Blu-ray
Stallone's 80s Action Alpha and Omega: Nighthawks and Lock Up
Python Prehistory: At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set on DVD
You Could Grow to Love This Place: Local Hero on Blu-ray
Anglo-American: Joseph Losey Blu-ray Double Bill - The Criminal and The Go-Between
Marvel's Least Loved and Most Loved: Fantastic 4 vs Avengers: Endgame
Battle of the Skeksis: The Dark Crystal Now and Then
American Madness: Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss on Blu-ray
Flight of the Navigator and the 80s Futurekids
Trains and Training: The British Transport Films Collection Volume 13 on DVD
Holiday from Hell: In Bruges on Blu-ray
The Comedy Stylings of Kurt Russell: Used Cars and Captain Ron
   
 
  Thunderbird 6 Model CitizensBuy this film here.
Year: 1968
Director: David Lane
Stars: Peter Dyneley, Sylvia Anderson, Matt Zimmerman, Shane Rimmer, Jeremy Wilkin, David Graham, John Carson, Christine Finn, Gary Files, Keith Alexander, Geoffrey Keen
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: As a member of International Rescue, scientist and engineer Brains must keep his identity secret at all times. This is why he remains anonymous at a closed meeting with an aircraft company to outline his plans for a new type of transport - or rather, a new variation on an old type of transport, the airship. When he suggests this, the board of directors burst out laughing, but nevertheless agree to Brains' idea, and Skyship One is duly constructed. For its maiden voyage, British International Rescue agent Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward is invited aboard, with I.R. pilot Alan Tracy, so he and Tracy family assistant Tin-Tin fly to England from their island base in a Tiger Moth biplane. However, what should have been a pleasant holiday turns into a fight to the death when Skyship One is hijacked....

Written by Thunderbirds creators Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson (Sylvia also provides the voice of Lady Penelope), Thunderbird 6 was the second big screen outing for the popular puppet series. Less episodic than the first film, Thunderbirds Are Go, you'd think from the title that it would outline the introduction of an all new, swanky Thunderbirds craft that will join the other five, but Brains' ideas for such a thing are continually quashed by the dissatisfied leader, Jeff Tracy, leading to uncharacteristic temper tantrums on the boffin's part. Also, judging by his skill at creating models, Brains looks to be in the target audience for the Thunderbirds TV show - does this reflect on the model makers behind the scenes, I wonder?

Once Lady Penelope, her loyal chauffeur Parker, Alan and his "are they-aren't they?" companion Tin-Tin are aboard Skyship One, all seems to be going well, and we're treated to a lengthy sequence of globe-trotting where the gang visit New York, the Grand Canyon and a Swiss mountain skiing resort, among other places. In fact, the film is nearly half way over before the baddies' scheme takes effect. They have replaced the original crew and are surreptitiously recording Lady Penelope's every word to make her random sentences into a message for International Rescue, and thereby lead the Thunderbirds into a trap. Who's behind this? Our old friend the Hood, who disappointingly gets two short scenes (wearing a wig - you're not fooling anyone, Hood) and no comeuppance.

Despite the usual innocent shenaigans you've come to expect from this series, there are a number of jarring elements - not only the huge moustache that Parker sports for the first half hour. The board of the aircraft company's laughter is depicted with specially made, laughing puppet heads which look unnervingly like something out of a carnival funhouse. Then there's Alan's method of relaxing in Africa: shooting a lion. There's an awful lot of shooting guns in Thunderbird 6, the body count is in double figures, starting with the original crew of Skyship One, who are callously massacred. But most of the baddies get shot by International Rescue, too, and Thunderbirds 1 and 2 use weapons on an ambush, making you wonder if Jeff Tracy has been planning his own private militia.

The bloodthirsty violence aside, there's still much to enjoy about this sequel, even if it's not up to the standards of the television incarnation. The Tiger Moth comes in handy when Skyship One is stuck on top of an early warning system tower, and the miltary base below has to be evacuated while the Thunderbirds fight to keep it airborne and save the lives of those onboard. The biplane has been introduced to show off the stunts of a real aircraft, which is not entirely smoothly edited into the puppet action; perhaps a model would have been better employed. Still, a lot of the charm can be taken from simply watching the various craft flying over meticulously constructed landscapes, even if the story is lacking. Aren't you a little let down by the reveal of Thunderbird 6 at the end? Futuristic hardware would have been more satisfying. But at least Brains gets his own uniform. Music by Barry Gray.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 12214 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Enoch Sneed
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
  Rachel Franke
Paul Shrimpton
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: