In a time when interplanetary shipping is routine, poor judgment is a fatal error. The crew of the Solar System Shipping shipping vessel number 17 runs in shifts. When the second shift ... See full summary »
A rash of suspiciously gruesome murders in a sleepy lakeside town has authorities stumped. They soon realize the culprit is not only connected to the lake, but in it. They must figure out what it is and how to stop it before it's too late.
In St. Louis, the scientists Dr. William Hauser, Shannon Muir and Kent accidentally create a black hole during an experiment. While investigating the phenomenon, Dr. Hauser and Kent die and the army comes to their laboratory under the command of General Ryker. Shannon tries to call the prominent Dr. Eric Bryce, but the scientist does not answer the phone since he misses his daughter Kayley after the divorce to his ex-wife Elizabeth. When he is contacted, he comes to the laboratory and soon he finds that the experiment has also unleashed a creature that feeds off energy. The Powers That Be wants a nuclear attack against the creature, but Eric warns that the action will increase the black hole. He also believes that the creature may be destroyed and the black hole closed if they are attracted to each other. However, only General Ryker supports his theory while General Tate wants to bomb the location.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The oddly shaped building used as the lab, is the Planetarium which is part of the St Louis Science Center museum. It is one of St Louis' most unique and iconic landmarks. See more »
A little after the collapse of the Midwestern Quantum Research Laboratory, Gen. Ryker reaches Town Hall. At that time, Director Hayes is watching a news report while having a conversation with his secretary (about 44:10). The female newsreader starts, "Another update; sources at both the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are now officially describing this dark mass we're seeing just outside the downtown are of St. Louis as a black hole." Hayes' secretary informs him about Gen. Ryker reaching the new command center. At this time, the audio for the news flash finishes and then can be heard starting once again with "Another update; sources at both the..."; an obvious indication of a prerecorded segment that was timed and set to loop while the scene was filmed. See more »
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Yes, it really is as bad as they say
In this SciFi Channel original, an accident in a nuclear lab in St. Louis causes not only the creation of a black hole, but unleashes an alien creature that feeds on energy. A scientist and his female partner team up with a maverick general to solve the growing menace while the military embarks on a typical blow-it-up solution that could wreak disaster for the world.
I found the idea of a small black hole created on Earth intriguing, and it was interesting watching it eat up everything around it. (So it "can't" happen, but hey, it is science fiction!) Unfortunately, screenwriter David Goodin, who is responsible for "Larva," another TV movie that flopped, again shows himself adept at giving us a general plot and characters who are tired and clichéd. You know, the implausible story of the world-threatening event that is handled by the lone scientist (instead of every intelligent professional in the world) and simplistic government officials who make FEMA look good! Even if we accept this script as a mediocre formula tale, we would hope for at least semi-intelligent dialogue and a director who had some slight ability for pacing. (Tibor Tacaks has, according to IMDb, directed some 28 films, and I don't think any of them rated over 5). Perhaps with such a weak structure, we can forgive the wooden, lackluster acting from a cast who must have figured at least it was a way to make a quick buck.
I'm pretty tolerant of formula sci fi, even when the premise is implausible, but this one is bad even for a TV movie.
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