The Black Hole (1979)
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An ambitious sci-fier from the Disney folks, The Black Hole takes place in the future. A quintet of space travelers stumble across a "black hole." Not wishing to be sucked into the void, the crew prepares to flee, but stops long enough to investigate a mysterious space vessel near the entrance of the hole. Manning this craft is mad scientist Dr. Hans Reinhardt (Maximillian Schell), who intends to explore the black hole in hopes of finding the universe's energy source. The cast includes Anthony
Jan 1, 1979 Limited
Apr 20, 1999
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It is good to see the Disney craftsmen doing what they do best on such a grand and risky scale. If one has time for only one space opera this season, this is the one to choose.
Disney's most ambitious and costly production to date -- about a spaceship crew which encounters a Black Hole and a long-lost madman -- and if looks were everything, you could hardly fault it.
It cost half as much as Star Trek and looks better -- not as lavish, perhaps, but more original. The special effects are fancy, and the design even more so.
Takes us all the way to the rim of space only to bog us down in a talky melodrama whipped up out of mad scientists and haunted houses.
Despite Oscar nominations for cinematography and visual effects, the Black Hole, an attempt to cash in on the sucess of Star Wars, leaves much to be desired.
The problem...is that the protagonist, Schell, is nuts, and we find it difficult to root for him. The other characters are never fully developed, and so the picture becomes a triumph of style over substance.
The science of this fiction is as hokey as the drama, but the imaginative art design and excellent special effects are magnificent.
An elegant, if stubbornly unexciting, popcorn-muncher that flips into a chin-scratcher, with a crew of mostly bland heroes.
Ranks among the very best films to come from the post-Star Wars sci-fi boom.
...ultimately revealed to be an underrated and surprisingly dark Disney effort.
For-its-time state of the art effects help flat story and acting.
...with so many great fantasy and sci-fi films appearing in the intervening years, I doubt that too many adults are going to find the Disney flick of much interest. I didn't.
Disney's first PG-rated film was pioneering for its time (integrating special effects better than any film before it), but it suffers pretty badly today.
A weak, unfocused s-f venture; not one of Disney's shining moments.
If you can ignore the scientific problems, The Black Hole turns out to be a fairly enjoyable sci-fi flick.
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