A group of skilled American astronauts are venturing on their first mission into space. But what begins with a straightforward mission has many surprising consequences. Firstly, the team are informed that their mission has been changed, and they are now required to travel to Mars with new orders to carry out once they land.
Along with new orders and mission, a few issues occur among the crew, including those who disobey orders. One man takes his faith a little too far, becoming a major risk for the ship’s mission and his fellow peers. With one problem occurring after another, can the men come together to work as a team and safely return home to Earth?
Best described as a sci-fi film, Conquest of Space carries a simple opening that introduces each character along with their respective backstories. This opening attempts to give audiences a reason to be compassionate towards them, given the risks in space. We also understand the main mission and the crew’s current opinions when new orders occur.
Considering when this was made, the visual effects are pleasing to witness. Granted, it’s highly outdated, and many effects have been created with the use of models, but you can’t help but admire the level of creativity in tackling such a challenging task. Trying to convince audiences that a group of men are, in fact, in space isn’t an easy task. There are some moments if you’re a space fanatic that will seem unrealistic and far-fetched, but again, it’s acceptable, given the time period and futuristic tones. The dialogue among the characters is questionable and sometimes looks a little over the top, as well as unfitting. Many characters either complain or carry on for far longer than ideal.
Overall, carrying a few likeable aspects, such as the creativity and futuristic concepts in the world of sci-fi and space, you can’t help but admire what the Conquest of Space is. The premise is simple, and the film introduces its characters before delivering a plot that goes from one issue to the next. While not overly exciting and memorable due to the dialogue, which consists of characters being either over the top or complaining a lot, for the year it was made, the creativity and concept of the future are something to enjoy. Conquest of Space (1955) is Now Available on Blu-ray!