Synopsis: A nearly-blind scientist develops a shrinking ray and uses it on a group of visitors. When he discovers the ray’s effects are only temporary, he decides to kill the group before they grow large enough to get revenge.
Who’s in it? The movie stars Albert Dekker, Janice Logan, Thomas Coley and Charles Halton.
Review: My daughter wanted to watch “Dr. Cyclops” a couple weeks ago. However, I convinced her to watch “The Invisible Ray” instead. As it turns out, I should have listened to her because this film was much better than expected.
I think the thing that really impressed me about this movie was the decision to have this take place in a jungle. The whole shrinking concept had the potential to get boring quickly, especially since the bad guy, Dr. Thorkel (Dekker), has quite a few limitations, including his vision. However, being shrunk in the middle of a jungle does add something because escaping could prove to be even more dangerous than staying.
Another thing that helped this movie was the fact the antagonists weren’t exactly innocent. They pretty much forced Dr. Thorkel’s hand by refusing to leave when he politely asked them to and wanted to steal the radium deposit he discovered. They were as much to blame for the situation as he was. I’m a fan of movies that do that because it does add a human element that makes them a little less predictable.
That being said, my one big complaint about this movie is Thorkel just isn’t enough of a villain. He remains a little too polite, makes it easy for his prisoners by not locking them up securely and, when he finally decides to kill them, he seems a little too apologetic about it. As I said before, they pretty much forced him into that situation, he could at least seem a little angry about it.
Final Opinion: The movie could have used a stronger villain to make things a little more challenging. However, overall, I thought the film was much better than expected and is a movie I would recommend.
My Grade: B