War of the Planets / Anno zero - guerra nello spazio (1977)

1.0 out of 5

War of the Planets is a film that is best described as Star Trek on acid made by Ed Wood if he were Italian. After receiving a strange signal from deep space, a crew from Earth travels to an alien planet and the source of the signal. Upon their arrival, they discover that the planets Vulcan-ish inhabitants are enslaved by a mega supercomputer, which is probably the most absurd-looking robot ever committed to celluloid.

This film is plagued by some truly awful acting and unintentional hilarity, like the destruction of the alien planet at the hands of the Earthlings who sent out to save it in the first place. Or the fate of the new alien recruit which the Earthlings bragged about to their colleagues at home, only to have him die moments later while everyone just stands there and watches him get strangled to death without lifting a finger to help in the least. This is just the tip of the iceberg as moments like this transpire throughout the 89-minute running time. Topping things off is an unexpected twist ending which attempts to provide viewers with one last big moment, but ultimately falls flat.

The film is listed under more names James Bond's aliases but the version for this review is the Anno zero - guerra nello spazio cut. Unless getting tooth extractions without anesthesia or torture by watching Z-grade films is the idea of a good time, viewers should not waste time watching this no matter which version chosen.

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