Processing the movie Phantom from Space is tough, because it really is a better film than it seems at first viewing. It's hard to pinpoint the moment or scene when it starts to click. In terms of special effects, for 1953, they are really not that bad. Although most of the "invisible" gags were utilized much better twenty years before in The Invisible Man. The script is better than some Sci-Fi and not quite on par with others. The acting is typical early 50's. I don't know, maybe the most likable part of the film, the part that takes awhile to notice, is it's sense of humanity.
Phantom from Space begins with an object hurling itself toward earth and it's being picked up on radar. Suddenly the object disappears near Santa Monica, CA, and television sets and radios and such start acting screwy. The government sends out a team to determine the cause of all this interference. They discover that two people in separate incidents have died from injuries inflicted upon them by a man, according to witnesses, "in a diving suit". The hunt is on for the perpetrator. He is tracked to a power plant and cornered. His escape is simple... he removes his suit. That's right, this alien is invisible. He gets away, but it is soon learned that he can only survive for short periods of time without having access to his space suit. So, he sneaks into the lab several times throughout the movie to put on his helmet. A friendly female scientist is genuinely interested and compassionate in communicating with him and he tries to reciprocate by tapping out a strange code that they are ultimately never able to decipher.
Perhaps that truly is the best thing about Phantom from Space... it leaves you guessing. It addresses all sorts of "who's" and "what's" but never gets around to answering the ultimate question: "why?"
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