CommentaramaFilms: Film Friday: The Black Hole () v. Event Horizon ()
THE BLACK HOLE: Disney's Strangely Entertaining Journey Into The Unknown For fans of silver screen sci-fi, was quite a year. . Only Durant is interested in coming along for the ride to end them all, It's ironic then that's the deepest and most heartfelt human relationship is between two robots. CULT MOVIE REVIEW: The Black Hole () Roiling inside all of us is that never-ending conflict between these forces. . the very words we've seen utilized before in relation to Nemo: "insane" and "genius," particularly. A spectacular descent into nature's ultimate mystery - The Black Hole. Disney classic science fiction but is flawed by an ending that doesn't make any sense.
That it is the hovering, scarlet cyclops named Maximillian who rules the Cygnus, not the fallible, eccentric human being.
It is as though Maximillian is Reinhardt's id, only separated from him, acting of his own volition. We might extrapolate that this single line of dialogue helps better to explain Reinhardt's final disposition -- his personal Hell -- though no explicit mention is made of it.
Inside the black hole, he is forced to join with Maximillian, to go inside the beast and dwell there for eternity. We know from that single, odd line of dialogue that Reinhardt fears such a thing Where many people believe that in death we leave our bodies for non-corporeal spirit forms, the Manichean truth of Reinhardt's afterlife is that the Darkness has prevailed and he will be trapped in a metal shell for eternity.
There is no ascension for him because of his sins. We know this later when we hear inside the probe shiphis repeated and tortured calls for "help. Many critics picked on V. Cent -- the Cicero quoting platitude machine -- as some kind of R2-D2 rip-off. They complained about his mode of communication too. Throughout the film, the robot speaks almost entirely in proverb and platitudes, throwing out one after the other in clearly You can look at V.
Again, this uncommented-upon touch plays into the ending of the film: Even his throwaway line about disliking the company of robots seems to indicate that V. Kate is able to communicate telepathically with the robot, another indicator, perhaps, that he is more than the sum of his parts.
And that brings us to another interesting line of dialogue laden with implications: Again, this idea has no play in the remainder of the film, but it raises all kinds of notions. Are robots the slaves of man in the future envisioned by The Black Hole? Or are they an artificial life form slowly developing sentience? And if Project Black Hole existed a long time ago as V.
Did he actually create Maximillian to house his body knowing a robot could survive there Was Maximillian's armor Reinhardt's second fallback measure, behind the probe ship? Another thing that The Black Hole does remarkably well is hint at the larger universe of the characters. You see that in V. Early in the film, the crew of the Palomino attempts to identify the Cygnus on a holographic projector, and we are treated to a litany of missing ships.
Arcturus 10 from Great Britain, Liberty 7 from the U. Eventually the crew hits on the Cygnus, but not before we get a sense of how "dangerous" outer space can be in this particular universe. This is a Death Ship: Well, in some ways it is and in some ways it is not. Some of the heroics seem juvenile at points, and certainly the Sentry robots have a cartoony aspect to their movement and behavior.
Yet part of the film's longevity, I believe, derives from the fact that it possesses this creepy, almost gothic texture of dread and terror. The humanoids are like faceless medieval monks, and you can't deny Maximillian is deliberately a devil in red armor.
The Cygnus itself is a vast, empty, flying dutchman of ghosts, loaded with mysteries like limping robots, and eerily empty crew quarters The Black Hole even opens in macabre fashion, with an early digital representation of a black hole -- here something like a neon green spider-web leading to a kind of inescapable funnel. We spin inexorably towards this cosmic whirpool faster and faster, all to the portentous strains of John Barry's Hermannesque score.
The stage is thus set for dark fantasy. The creep factor finds it's fullest voice in a scene set in the Cygnus control tower. Durant removes a humanoid's face-plate and in horrifying close-up we see briefly what a human looks like without his soul. The face we see is drawn, dry, dessicated; awake but unseeing. It's a gruesome visage And that moment is followed almost immediately by the sequence in which Maximilllian brutally slices and dices Dr. Durant and Perkins' reaction is particularly effective.
Finally, the end of the movie takes us on a tour through Hell. Sci-fi movies don't get much darker than that. So while it would be foolish and counterproductive to deny "nostalgia" as a reason for remembering The Black Hole fondly 30 years later, I must also wonder if the movie's creepy, unsettling nature is the thing that, over the years, has brought many of us adults back to the movie a second, even third time.
Like we're finally trying to pin the experience of watching the movie down. Finally trying to see if it was as horrifying as we remember. If there was more there, perhaps, than the critics crying Star Wars rip-off told us.
I've talked a great deal about philosophy here, about literary and filmic antecedents too. There is, however, one final and basic -- one very concrete -- reason to appreciate The Black Hole: The look of the spaceships, for instance, is fascinating and original.
These are not the streamlined vesssels of Star Trek, nor the industrial tanker trucks of Alien Heck, they aren't even the lived-in junky ships of Star Wars. The Palomino, Cygnus and Probe Ship are all utilitarian in design, but in a way quite different from the eagle workhorse of Space: I've never seen this particular look replicated in another film since, and it helps to grant The Black Hole an identity -- an aura -- all its own.
Also, in an age long before digital effects and CGI, The Black Hole features flying robots in virtually every scene, not to mention several scenes of "weightlessness" aboard the Palomino and Cygnus. These moments are painstakingly crafted and hold up pretty well after thirty years. Again, real life elements had to be rigged with wires and other tricks to work on-set.
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Not fixed in "post. The level of care and attention to production design, special effects and miniatures is more than commendable Again, I wish I had the time and space to comment on all the visual flourishes and extravagances in The Black Hole. The Cygnus -- a vast ship -- is traversible front to back only by a pod car that rockets through a transparent tube running the exterior perimeter of the vessel.
Along with Star Trek: The Motion Picturereleased the same month, The Black Hole was one of the last mainstream Hollywood films to have an overture at the start of the film. Although this was cut on subsequent television airings, the overture is included on Disney's DVD release. The film also features some subtext and metaphysical and religious themes that reflected the company's interest in developing more adult-oriented and mainstream films. This trend eventually led the studio to create the distribution company Touchstone Picturesunder which films considered too mature for the Buena Vista Distribution label could be released.
In a retrospective interview, Foster remarked that his novelization had to rationalize the scientific inaccuracies depicted the film. Comic book artist Mike Royer suggested fellow artist Jack Kirby to draw a comic book strip adaptation of the film, in which Kirby accepted. The comic book adaptation, which ran for twenty-six weeks, was scripted by Carl Fallberg with the inking done by Royer.
Four issues were published. The first two issues adapted the film and the second two issues continued the story introducing a race of people called Virlights, whom they end up aiding against a rising tyrant.
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The rare fourth issue concludes with the promise of a fifth issue but the series was canceled before it was released. In Mexico, Editorial Novaro S. While wondering if they will ever return to Earth, they decide to explore this new universe. In the official Disney Read-Along recording and illustrated story book, the crew in the probe ship emerge safely on the other side of the black hole, while the Cygnus is "crushed like an eggshell.
Black Hole is classic science fiction with robots and mad scientists and questions about the meaning of life. Event Horizon is a slasher film set in space. So why compare them? This success led Disney to experiment with more adult-oriented films, which led to the creation of Touchstone Pictures.
Black Hole is the story of the crew of the USS Palomino, whose mission is to search the universe for signs of life. In the process, they discover a derelict ship hovering on the edge of a black hole.
Hans Reinhardt Maximilian Schell. After boarding the ship, they discover that Reinhardt is still alive. Reinhardt claims the original human crew abandoned ship when the Cygnus was damaged. He stayed aboard hoping to save the ship and continue his research.
In the twenty years since the ship went missing, he has perfected an anti-gravity drive and he now plans to use that to take the Cygnus into the black hole itself. Reinhardt tries to kill them and a running battle ensues. During this battle, the Cygnus enters the black hole, which we learn is a gateway to both Heaven and Hell.
Despite surface differences, Event Horizon is rather similar. In Event Horizon, the crew of the Lewis and Clark are dispatched to investigate and rescue a derelict ship.
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That ship is the Event Horizon, which vanished seven years prior. It vanished because it was using a gravity drive which harnesses the power of a man-made black hole.John Barry - End Title (Film Version) [THE BLACK HOLE, USA - 1979]
When the original crew operated the gravity drive, that drive sucked them to Hell. It then returned the ship after the crew slaughtered each other in an orgy of blood. They are derelict because of black holes, which become the cause of the plot. Both black holes lead to Hell.