W: John Briley [based on the novel by Peter Van
DP: Arthur Ibbetson
Ed: Anne V. Coates & Ian Crafford
Mus: Michael J. Lewis
Richard Burton (John Morlar), Lino Ventura (Brunel), Lee
Remick (Dr. Zonfeld), Michael Hordern (Atropous), Gordon Jackson (Dr. Johnson)
Part whodunit, part apocalyptic disaster
Richard Burton stars as a writer who can not only predict
the future, he holds the belief that he can create it, especially disasters, by the use of his telekinetic abilities.
The film opens with him being bludgeoned to near death in
his home while watching a news bulletin about a lunar mission gone wrong, a French detective investigates the assault, but even from comatose state in a hospital bed there still remains a
threat of impending danger.
There's a handful of good performances, especially Lee
Remick as a psychiatrist, but Richard Burton is practically limited to a cameo appearance. The visual effects and most of the elements of the production are very good considering the age of
the film, and overall it's worthy of a cult following.
It's somewhat surprising that this hasn't been through the
Hollywood remake machine, with a clichéd, upbeat ending tacked on.