The Black Hole (2006)
USA / English
"No force from this world can stop it!
"An atomic research experiment goes awry in St. Louis, Missouri unleashing not only a big black hole, but also a creature from beyond that feeds on electricity through the streets of this Midwest city.
Black hole has lunch in Missouri
I knew from the trailers Sci-Fi channel was showing that this one would
be totally insane. I watched anyway, figuring it would be at least good
for some kitschy comedy, and a chance to see my home town of St. Louis
get ripped. It did not disappoint (at being insane, that is).
A black hole is created artificially in a lab, but the black hole
itself is not the only menace, as a strange electrical energy entity
(that zaps people into oblivion) hitchhikes with it. This creature was
actually kind of a creative plot device, since the movie really didn't
seem to know what to do with the black hole other than devour stuff.
Since there is a famous landmark in St. Louis, it's pretty obvious
where the black hole goes for lunch (always moving along the ground in
a 2-dimensional manner, by the way). As for the creature, it was
utilized in some intriguing ways; but the explanation of its nature and
intent was insufficiently developed, and could have been explored more.
Most everyone is at least somewhat familiar with basic scientific
theory regarding black holes, and therefore will see a myriad of
scientific absurdities, but if you view this silly nonsense without
taking it seriously, it can be fun to watch. Toss disbelief into the
black hole; or just play a game of "find the goofy science" as you
The actors, given the weird script, really do approach the thing with
urgency. When the scientist hero describes his quantum physics
theories, you almost want to believe the offbeat premise of this movie.
But then another bizarre thing happens and you're laughing hysterically
again. There are the usual ploys and clichés: divorced dads, military
that wants to use nukes, rogue scientists, TV news reporters doing
play-by-play of destruction, etc.
Watch for loony amusement only. Science has been imploded in this
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