Reviewed by Mike Miller
Rating: 5 Beans
o you ever watch a movie that seems to have started as a good idea, but somewhere along the way went south? If not, try watching EVENT HORIZON.
There must be a great movie in here somewhere. The two leads, Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne, have both done impressive work before (DEAD CALM and WHAT'S LOVE GOT DO WITH IT?, respectively). The story has potential: In the late 21st century, the first ship capable of interstellar travel (named "Event Horizon") returns to our solar system seven years after leaving on her maiden voyage, and is floating silently at the outer edges around Jupiter. A rescue crew (lead by Fishburne) and the scientist who designed the ship (Neill) go out to investigate the ship, find out where she's been, and what has happened to the crew. Sounds promising, doesn't it? But wait, I see it now, the problem with this movie! Its directed by the same idiot who gave us that much beloved classic MORTAL KOMBAT!
So what does Paul Anderson give us here? Apparently not knowing what to do with a story that isn't based on a video game, he gives us blood. Lots and lots of blood. I mean it by-God coats nearly every scene. Coming out of the walls, ceilings, floors, people, etc.
The rescue crew discovers that when the Event Horizon's interstellar drive was activated, it worked. However, instead of going to Proxima Centauri as intended, the ship wound up going to Hell. No, i'm not kidding.
I think that there is supposed to be some sort of religious subtext here, but I can't be certain. On the outside, the Event Horizon itself resembles a malformed cross. The inside looks like a medieval torture chamber, with lots of sharp edges and heavy metallic protrusions which serve no visible purpose.
Strictly in terms of images, the film works. There are several striking scenes, with apparitions and whatnot, but most of them are just filthy and grotesque. Apparently, Anderson's message here is: Hell is not only a place of endless torment, its really icky too!
The film is just generally dissapointing, wasting a solid cast, good special effects, and a promising premise with lame execution.
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