Crack in the World is an old SF film that plays out like a disaster movie. It's science gone awry. Scientist are doing some geothermal energy research drilling down into the earth. They hit a snag though as rocks or earth plates have shifted and gotten in their way that prevent them from getting to the core. They think if they launch a rocket down into the earth they can set off an atomic device to unplug the pesky blockage. What could go wrong? It's not an unbelievable premise. It's in color, and actually has some pretty good sets and such. It has been put on Youtube by Paramount Vaults that owns the copyright so take a look at it. Dana Andrews plays in it and was a fairly prestigious actor playing in many popular films of the day like The Best Years of Our Lives and Night of the Demon among others. You can watch it here.
I'm jumping a bit ahead of myself, however, as the film opens up with the Soviet spy here in the states, who is the bargaining chip in this game. He is Rudolph Abel (Mark Rylance), and is captured for the crime of espionage against the United States. The first act of the film takes place around the Rudolph Abel character, his capture, and Hanks trying to save him from the death penalty. This isn't a 007-type movie or some other action adventure, but it does have tension. Again to Spielberg's credit he crafted another masterful picture that draws the viewer into the plight of an average man that rises above their situation to meet a challenge at hand. It's one of the better films from last year.
Around the same time one of the wives in town gets kidnapped. He gathers a posse together to go after the perps. What I liked a lot about the film is it is shot well and has a lot of wide screen shots that give a nice feel of what a western should feel like. There's also interesting dialogue once the posse gets on the road. The story jumps the rail in the third act as does the genre. The story starts to blend into a horror picture. Some may enjoy that, while others find it too unbelievable. For me I enjoyed the full picture. It may not have been a perfect picture, but it wasn't dull or boring either and that's a plus. If you've ever seen the movie, Dog Soldier, it was a bit like the genre bending in it.
As you know Star Wars was a huge commercial success, and continues to be that way today with The Force Awakens. People just love Star Wars (for the most part). The toys have played an integral part in that success and keeping kids and teens involved and waiting for the next sequel. Bear in mind, this is a low budget documentary. Don't expect scenes from Star Wars in it either as they would probably have broken their meager budget to make this film. It is unknown people showing off their collections, and talking about how the movies influenced them and that sort of fan thing. Either that type stuff appeals to you or it doesn't.
It does give some history on who made the toys (Kenner), shows the place where they worked and were designed, and has interviews some of the designers that help create the toys. Also way back when, a lot of the major toy companies couldn't wrap their heads around the concept of the movie. What is a, what-do-you-call-it, a Star Wars toy? To be honest it wasn't as great as my expectations for it were, but I did enjoy it quite a bit, and it was fun to relive some of that fandom. For me it was worthwhile. You can stream it on Amazon, or see it now for free on Hulu.