Tuesday, August 26, 2014

When Time Ran Out (1980)

How bad is it? It put the last nail in the coffin for disaster movies.
Should you see it? Yep.
The 1970's gave us The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake... ever greater threats, with ever bigger casts and ever smaller results. When Time Ran Out has both a volcano and a tidal wave. It was budgeted at $20 million, a thousand times higher than most films I review, and the cast starts great and trails off: Paul Newman, William Holden, Jacqueline Bissett, Ernest Borgnine, James Franciscus... Red Buttons, Burgess Meredith, Edward Albert... Veronica Hamel, Pat Morita... The best parts of this are the glass-bottomed elevator that goes into the volcano, a death by a falling tiki statue and a shaky wooden bridge over molten lava that seals the fate of the cast.

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