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The year is 1979. “Star Wars” was a huge success two years later. Four years later, “Jaws” ushered in the era of summer blockbusters. A new movie tells the story of a small astronaut returning home from their voyage to make a detour to investigate a mysterious phenomenon. It started as a well-intentioned rescue attempt, and soon the crew members were fighting against evil forces in order to return home safely.
I’m not talking about aliens. I’m describing the most forgotten science fiction novel “Black Hole” by Walt Disney, which is one of the many library titles available on Disney Plus.
“Black Hole” was nominated for an Oscar for film photography and visual effects, but received mixed reviews. Critics generally believe that it is a replica of a better movie, dragged down by a weak script and generally boring plot.
However, after review, black holes are undoubtedly an interesting cultural product. At least, it is full of vitality and originality, enough to attract your attention.
It’s far less important than Alien, it contains the markers of ever-changing genres in a way that is well worth its running time, and it’s a bit higher than many other games on Disney Plus.
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Walk into the black hole
Directed by Gary Nelson, John Barry’s excellent soundtrack, “The Black Hole” (The Black Hole) went directly to the first action.
When the USS Palomino encountered a black hole and an abandoned ship believed to have been lost 20 years ago, it detoured back to Earth. Due to the continued destruction of the nearby black hole, the Palomino docked and discovered that the famous Dr. Hans Reinhardt was living on the originally deserted ship-in addition to Reinhardt’s strange and lifelike robot army, The ship has been deserted.
Reinhardt was not what he seemed. When the crew tried to repair their ship, they helped the doctor try to fly through the black hole, but they began to discover the dark secrets surrounding his absence for decades.
This movie has a stacked cast. Robert Foster (Zhongku, Jackie Brown) plays the captain, and his crew includes horror idols Anthony Perkins (mental patient) and Ernest Bognin (The Adventures of Poseidon, Wild Group). There are actors Roddy McDowall and Slim Pickens in the robot, and their voices are not recognized.
No matter what prevents the black hole, it is certainly not the premise or the talented person on the screen.
Not exactly aliens, not exactly Star Wars
Black Hole blends light and dark themes in an eye-catching-even sometimes awkward-way, which is one of the points in its favor. It is not a bluffing space opera like Star Wars, although its laser shooting robot tends to that direction. And it’s not a cold killer in space like aliens, but it will definitely go to some unforgettable places, the crazy doctor Hans Reinhardt in Victor Frankenstein and Walter Kurz The colonels were vacillating (look at that, Apocalypse Now came out in 1979!).
From now on, it looks like black holes scrambling to insert some light-hearted adventures into a haunted story at the last minute.Same as in 2003 Daredevil is haunted Because of the need for flirty after the success of Spider-Man the previous year, “Black Hole” is like a movie trying to clone Star Wars, like a movie desperately resisting that.
When a black hole allows itself to darken, it is filled with powerful and eye-catching images.
In addition to the pretentious action scenes, this movie has some very powerful images while allowing itself to darken. The robot mourns the dead, the tortured face of the Reinhardt experiment, and, uh, the not-so-accurate view of the hot hell at the center of the nominal black hole are absolutely eye-catching.
This movie achieves truly great moments, although there is some obvious excess fat that can be trimmed here and there.
Disney is a bit dark
The dark side of the black hole makes it an attractive work for reexamination. Using Disney’s corporate endorsement, this movie is a fundable “IP”. But this darkness also makes it harder to argue with House of Mouse, which focuses on PG.
Seeing the potential of this movie, Disney tried to launch a remake in 2009, with “Genesis: Legacy” director Joseph Kosinski at the helm.Maybe they recognized the similarities between black holes and aliens, because Disney recruits Jon Spatz, He had written about the alien prequel Prometheus before, and wrote a script in 2013.
For better or worse, the project has never been launched and was considered too dark for Disney. Spaihts told Slashfilm In 2016, he liked to write scripts, but “it is disturbing in Disney’s world as a dark epic, and Disney is in a very colorful place… It is very faithful to the original, but smart in all respects Stupid, I hope.”
There is a lot of work to be done, and there are rumors that Disney is still restarting, attached by Emily Carmichael, writer of “Pacific Rim: Uprising”. Who knows where the project will end up?
Sandwiched between two worlds
It is easy to think of film history as a series of before and after. Take action before and after the sound arrives. The horror before and after the shock. Science fiction before and after Star Wars. 3D before and after the avatar.
But the norms that we take for granted have not been fully formed. Aliens have not suddenly changed the entire content of science fiction, nor have they introduced horror into science fiction for the first time. There is no doubt that this is a key film, but it also has long-term changes.
Black holes reveal some of the more chaotic growth troubles on the spectrum. It feels like a descendant of Forbidden Planet and Buck Rogers, because it is a prelude to Blade Runner and Event Horizonn.
Therefore, it is caught between the two worlds in a fascinating way.
“The Forgotten Classic” may be an extension, but the black hole is a notable entry in the science fiction pantheon. If you don’t have a streaming directory within reach, you may be unlikely to find it (or even not anywhere).