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Event Horizon (1997)

A movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

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  • Oct 30, 2004
EVENT HORIZON takes it title from the main charcter in the movie: a fairly large deep-space traveling craft capable of traveling past the speed of light that was meant to bring about a new-age of exploration and scientfic achievement in the year 2040. But, as the opening typed prologue informs us, something went wrong and the ship disappeared near Neptune. Seven years later the ship mysteriously reappears broadcasting an almost inaudible mysterious message containing snippets of Latin. A rescue team aboard the vessel "Lewis and Clark" is dispatched to save any crew members who might be left alive, find out what happened, and retrieve the ship for further investigation.

Laurence Fishburne plays Captain Miller, the commander of "Lewis and Clark." He's joined by a crew of multi-talented and experienced space rescue veterans. However, Miller and company have an uninvited guest and are joined by the illustrious, yet boding Dr. William Weir (Sam Neill). After a two and a half-month space sleep, the crew is awaken as they approach Neptune and Dr. Weir fills them in on the details of their mission. Weir was the creator of Event Horizon and was part of a government conspiracy that hid the truth about what really happened to the ship. Captain Miller's crew had all been told and believed that 7 years ago Event Horizon blew up. Once they learn the truth they are upset and want to abandon their mission, but even though Miller agrees with their sentiments he knows that they have to at least check the ship for survivors.

As the movie progresses, Miller and crew learn that Event Horizon has some sort of gravity-defying engine that creates a temporary blackhole that serves as a wormhole to another part of the universe. Once the crew boards Horizon a feeling of terror and huanting horror envelopes them all. This isn't Kansas anymore Toto.

EVENT HORIZON has a very talented cast and a fairly interesting story idea. The movie borrows heavily from a host of sci-fi and horror influences (everthing from THE SHINING to HELLRAISER to SOLARIS and ALIEN). The movie reminded me a lot of THE SHINING except instead of a haunted hotel that is alive, it's a living haunted starship. Influences like that can be detrimental to a movie, but in EVENT HORIZON they help raise the film and make it feel more real. The movie also has a great cast of actors (Fishburne and Neill are excellent in their roles) and the movie's tone and style are augmented by the set design and lighting.

In fact, EVENT HORIZON should have been a great horrifying sci-fi movie. But it's not. The film has so many good elements, but the most important thing in a movie (the story) is glossed over leaving a movie horror/sci-fi flick plot that looks like Charlie Brown's ghost costume in IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN. According to director Paul W.S. Anderson, the film was heavily editing by studio suits and, therefore, many of the better parts of the plot and much of the movie's soul was lost. Perhaps a special director's cut edition someday might remedy that problem. Until then, the movie's just an average piece of horrifying science fiction that needs some elaboration.

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review by . July 04, 2011
Before I go off reviewing this cult classic, I'll share my personal history with this movie, which dates back nearly eleven years ago.      I remember finishing up the forth grade back in June of 1998 and my brother rented Event Horizon from the local video store at the time and I watched it with him. When it was over, I was scared s***less the whole summer break. Oddly enough, I kept watching the movie throughout the summer, despite the fact that it was the most terrifying …
review by . March 27, 2004
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It is the year 2047 and suddenly a signal is received from a research space ship called the Event Horizon that disappeared years before. Equipped with a drive that will allow it to exceed the speed of light, it used conventional drive to get beyond the gravity well of the sun. At that point the drive was to start and jump them to Proxima Centauri, but when the drive was activated, all contact with the ship ended.    The signal being received is an automated one, so a rescue ship is sent …
review by . February 09, 2004
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This is one of the scariest sci-fi movies that I have watched to date. It actually ranks in my top 25 for scariest movie of all time. This is a movie that holds your attention until the very end. It's kinda like Alien meets Exorcist meets Hellraiser! The sets are JUST AMAZING and the acting isn't all that bad either. Sam Neil and Larry Fishburne aren't my top actors picks but they do a believable job in this film. The special effects are FABULOUS and worth the price of the movie alone! Lots of flash …
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Drawing from Andrei Tarkovsky's heady science fiction meditationSolarisby way ofAlienandHellraiser, this visually splendid but pulpy piece of science fiction schlock concerns a mission in the year 2047 to investigate the experimental American spaceshipEvent Horizon, which disappeared seven years previously and suddenly, out of nowhere, reappeared in the orbit of Neptune. Laurence Fishburne stars as mission commander Captain Miller and Sam Neill is Dr. Weir, the scientist who designed the mystery ship. Miller's T-shirt- and army-green-clad crew of smart-talking pros finds a ship dead and deserted, but further investigations turn up blood, corpses, dismembered body parts, and a decidedly unearthly presence. It turns out that the ship is really a space-age haunted house where spooky (and obviously impossible) visions lure each of the crew members into situations they should know better than to enter. The ship is gorgeously designed, borrowing from the dark, organic look ofAlienand adding the menacing touch of teeth sprouting from bulwark doors and clawlike spikes inexplicably shooting out of the engine room floor. Unfortunately the film is not nearly as inventive as the production design--it turns into a woefully inconsistent psychic monster movie that sacrifices mood for tepid shocks--but the special effects are topnotch, and ultimately the movie has a trashy B movie charm about it.--Sean Axmaker
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Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Screen Writer: Philip Eisner
DVD Release Date: December 15, 1998
Runtime: 96 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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