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Event Horizon

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Review by Walter Frith
2½ stars out of 4

As the medium of film grows larger with each passing year, movie audiences are left with fewer original movies but as long as a film can still entertain, it can still be called good. In the case of 'Event Horizon', this is a movie that isn't necessarily a copycat of past science fiction/horror films but rather it has been influenced by them. There are shades of 'Alien', 'The Exorcist', 'The Shining', '2001' and '2010' all mixed together in one very collective blend to shock and electrify you and is not for the faint of heart. There are extreme moments of graphic violence mixed in with a very loud and thunderous soundtrack and the special effects and art direction/set decoration are eye catching to say the least.

Set 50 years in the future in the year 2047, 'Event Horizon' deals with a group of space explorers led by Laurence Fishburne who travel to the far reaches of Neptune to investigate a space ship launched from Earth 7 years earlier which disappeared without a trace. It is found and a doctor along for the ride (Sam Neill) is the one who helped build and design the ship and scientific technology has allowed him to create the outer space atmosphere around it. The exploration team discovers that the ship itself is now possessed by a lifeforce of its own and it feeds on the fears and secrets of humans who encounter it. Sound like a 'B' movie plot? Perhaps, but read on.

To understand and appreciate this movie you have to stretch the boundaries of your imagination to a limit that perhaps may be a little too illogical and there is no doubt that director Paul Anderson has gone over the top at times but I still found the movie frightening, compelling and it has been a very long time since I jumped up in my seat while watching a film. Its religious overtones may offend some and its tone is sharp but the film is evenly paced, solidly edited (perhaps a bit too much at times) and technically efficient. If you enjoyed the movies I mentioned in the first paragraph of this review, then 'Event Horizon' will satisfy your craving for this kind of entertainment. Don't see this one if you feel faint at the sight of blood and it is not recommended for anyone that's ever covered their eyes during a movie.

OUT OF 5> * * * 1/2

Copyright 2000 Walter Frith

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