When Time Ran Out… (1980)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  

Canada/USA, 1980.  , .  Screenplay by , , based on the novel The Day The World Ended by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by  .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1980.

Most of Irwin Allen’s disaster epics are laughably corny, but it’s important to distinguish between the ones that are fun to sit through and those that are a chore.  Despite a bland plot and some poor visual effects, this one’s bright colours and game cast make it easy enough to endure, particularly if you are turned on by the kitsch factor.   shows up at a south Pacific island resort that he has recently built, accompanied by his beautiful secretary () whom he hopes to make his seventh wife.  He doesn’t realize that she is actually still in love with ex-boyfriend , an oil rigger on a nearby site who is thinking to pull his crew out thanks to warnings by scientists that the nearby volcano is set to blow.  The hotel’s co-owner  insists that there’s nothing to worry about it, but when the mount starts to blow chunks and take out entire buildings, the locals get scared and start to run.  There are lots of fun, loud sequences, particularly an exciting elevator ride into the depths of the volcano, but also a lot of ridiculous stunts ( doing his high-wire act across a chasm is literally hilarious).

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