When Time Ran Out Reviews
On a Pacific Island a volcano mysteriously becomes active during an oil dig. A resort full of people attending a conference is threatened because the ash in the sky prevents aircrafts from leaving the island. Can the people get off the island before they are covered in liquid hot magma?
"I think they aught to chase all of you around with butterfly nets."
James Goldstone, director of The Sun also Rises, The Bride in Black, Calamity Jane, Red Sky at Morning, Rollercoaster, Brother John, and Jigsaw, delivers When Time Ran Out. The storyline for this picture is classic disaster film with little special effects or sequences worth getting excited about. The cast delivers mediocre performances and includes Paul Newman, William Holden, Burgess Meredith, and Ernest Borgnine.
"We've got to get the hell out of here and right now."
I DVR'd this picture because it starred the magnificent Paul Newman. I can tell you this is one of the worst pictures of his that I have ever seen. This movie has little going for it other than some witty Newman lines. I recommend skipping this picture, even if you are a diehard fan of Mr. Newman.
"It'll be okay if you don't panic."
Here we have Vulcano-horror of 1980 with Paul Newman. The island of Hawaii (or someother island, we're never reallly told which one) is under attack by an evil vulcano that melts down and kills everyone in sight.
The survivors of the initial attack are gathered at a luxury hotel and they split up into two groups. One led by an idiot that stays put and one other led by Paul Newman that tries to outrun the rivers of lava. After a long classic build-up is the movie tranceding into an exact replica of "Poseidon". But on shore instead of a cruiser.
As critics at the time did decscribe it "When ideas ran out", but still a must for disaster movie-aficionados
Lamentable disaster movie from the Irwin Allen stable which has almost nothing to recommend it.
Paul Newman looks ashamed to be in the movie as he gets to deliver some of the most inane dialogue in film history.
William Holden looks old .Jackie Bisset looks fed up and Ernest Borgnine and Red Buttons reprise their roles from the vastly supierior Posiedon adventure.
Even the volcano is pretty shit compared to vintage Irwin Allen, and of course every stupid disaster movie cliche is flogged to death and you can see who is going to die within the first 5 mins.
When a movie has a bad guy with the name Bob Spangler in it you know its scraping the barrell.
Unlike The Swarm which has a certain campy charm this has nothing to recommend it and sadly until Roland Emmerich turned up this killed the disaster movie as a genre.