THE BLACK HOLE
Of all the conceptual possibilities inherent in black hole theory and that have been toyed with by science-fiction writers super-gravitational mass, singularities, time dilation, potential gateways to alternate dimensions and other parts of the universe it is truly disappointing that The Black Hole 2006 has chosen no more than to make a monster movie. In fact, there is incredibly little that goes on in The Black Hole that is in any way supported by real physics. People come within walking and driving distance of the gravitational vortex without experiencing any time dilation effects (in actuality, as they approached within its gravitational influence (ie. with millions of kilometres), time would have started to slow down to the point it would appear to stop altogether as one approached the event horizon). More importantly, there is no more pressure drawing them in than say being caught in a hurricane. In reality, a black hole is so super-heavy that not even light can escape (hence the name black hole) and even a singularity the size of thimble would suck out the centre of the Earth. A black hole the size of the one here would almost certainly be drawing the rest of the Earth and even the Moon down into it, akin to water going down a bath plughole.
All that we have here is a novelty monster movie where the titular black hole plays so little importance it could be replaced by a dimensional vortex or a magical cupboard for all that it is of any difference to the story. For that matter, the electrical monster never gets up to much either. There are at least some competent effects of the monster on the rampage and the city being sucked down into the vortex. The film cannily feeds these through handheld video or tv footage in order to hide the low-budget. Elsewhere, we get the cliches of the monster/catastrophe film the mass panic of civilian evacuation, the rogue scientist hero who is the only one who understands the nature of the menace, the authorities who fail to heed his warnings, the scientist taking a lone risk to save the day just as the military prepare for a course of ruthless action that could have disastrous consequences.
The film is at least convincingly cast in Judd Nelson who does the wide-eyed eccentric scientist with some conviction. Kristy Swanson makes a stunning babe scientist in lab coat and demurely hidden behind glasses but is never given much to do throughout.
Director Tibor Takacs is a Hungarian emigre who is based in Canada. Takacs has made a number of other genre films including the obscure Metal Messiah (1978) about a futuristic rock star; The Gate (1987) and its even better sequel Gate II (1990) about children unlocking a demonic gateway; I, Madman/Hardcover (1989) about a madman emerged from a book; Redline/Deathline (1997) set in a near-future Russia; the bizarre Nostradamus (2000) about a time-travelling occult war and the attempt to reincarnate the title character; the Christmas films Once Upon a Christmas (2000) and Twice Upon a Christmas (2001) about Santas daughter; the monster movies Rats (2003), Mansquito (2005), Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (2006), Ice Spiders (2007), Mega Snake (2007) and Spiders (2013); and the disaster film Meteor Storm (2010).