Picks and Pans Review: When Time Ran Out...

updated 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Time isn't the only thing that ran out on this film; imagination, humor and money also seem to have been in short supply. After paying for Paul Newman, Jacqueline Bisset, William Holden and the rest of an all-star cast, producer Irwin Allen apparently didn't have much cash left for special effects. The result is a tepid tale about a volcanic eruption on a Polynesian island. Director James (Rollercoaster) Goldstone is stymied by a not-so-Sterling Silliphant and Carl Foreman screenplay; its highlights are the interminable crossing of a rickety bridge over a fake lava flow, and a scene where the stars cling precariously to the kind of crumbling cliff found only on a Hollywood sound stage. Close-ups of Bisset (her T-shirt is dry) and exteriors shot on Hawaii's Kona coast make for magnificent scenery, and Newman struggles gamely. But even he sounds foolish uttering lines like "They may cancel tomorrow." Considering recent box office failures such as The Swarm, City on Fire and Meteor, the place where disaster has really struck is the disaster-film industry. Hmmm, that's an idea; they could title the next one Revenge of the Bored Audiences. (PG)

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