Five individuals from five nations, including the "Superpowers," USA, USSR, and China, suddenly find themselves on an alien spacecraft. An alien gives each a container holding capsules. No power on earth can open a given container except a mental command from the person to whom it is given. Each person has been provided with the power of life and death. Any of these individuals has the capability to instantaneously launch the capsules to whatever coordinates he/she chooses, and each capsule will then eradicate all human life within a 3,000-mile radius of its designated location.
Let's meet our contestants! Can you spot the Red?
They've all been beamed up to a spaceship, where they sit around wondering if the aliens eat enormous hard-boiled eggs for sustenance. Then the lead alien appears, and as the genre demands, he's tall, wearing a jumpsuit, does not use contractions, and appears to be SUPER-INTELLIGENT. This remarkably slack trailer does a poor job of describing the movie:
Couldn't even afford some stock music? Jeez. So, how does that Soviet demand work out?
And the bronze throw-rug claims the moon! None of this does the movie justice; it's one of those sci-films predicated on something other than saucers and rays and destruction of iconic monuments. You might wonder why the alien offers us the power of self-destruction? It's because they're high-minded and moral, and will not destroy anything themselves, but if you don't mind our sun is about to explode, so would you all be so kind as to kill yourselves? Kthnxbai.
But there's more to it than that. AND! A rare on-camera role for the man whose voice was heard in just about every since sci-fi movie of the era, as well as the old Suspense show, and cartoons, and commercials. At this very moment, somewhere in the world, his voice is playing in a Haunted Mansion ride. Paul Frees.