Las Vegas Film Society

Event Horizon

PARAMOUNT PICTURES and LAWRENCE GORDON present a GOLAR production in association with IMPACT PICTURES a PAUL ANDERSON film
LAURENCE FISHBURNE SAM NEIL "EVENT HORIZON" KATHLEEN QUINLAN JOELY RICHARDSON
music by MICHAEL KAMEN costume designer JOHN MOLLO visual effects supervisor RICHARD YURICICH a.s.c. edited by MARTIN HUNTER
production designer JOSEPH BENNET director of photography ADRIAN BIDDLE b.s.c. executive producer NICK GILLOT
written by PHILIP EISNER produced by LAWRENCE GORDON LLOYD LEVIN and JEREMY BOLT directed by PAUL ANDERSON

Yanno... it has been a long time since I have enjoyed a "space thriller" as much as I enjoyed the original "Alien." I mean, I held my breath when "LIFEFORCE" came out, and I don't think I have ever been so disappointed since. I watched as Alien 2,3, and now 4 came out, and again, disappointment city. There really is no reason to mention Hellraiser 4 or 5th Element, is there?

Well, anyways, what I am getting at is that when I left the theatre the first time after watching 'Event Horizon', I said to myself, "Yanno... I really enjoyed that!" Eureka! I have found it! At last a movie based in space (can you think of a more terrifying place to be trapped with no way out than a space ship?) that scared me and did not leave me thinking, "But what about all the...?"

Simply put, 'Event Horizon' is a good movie. Is it a great movie? Well, yes, but probably not the version you will end up seeing. The original draft of this movie was more like "Hellraiser 2 meets Alien on Apollo 13"; whereas the final theatrical release is more like "Alien meets Apollo 13 at Camp Crystal Lake (Friday the 13th for the uninitiated)"... still not a bad mix, but suspense is always heightened with the inclusion of good bodily mutilations and pure hollywood gore. (Ed. Note: Althought the home video/theatrical version of 'Event Horizon' is toned down quite a bit from the original draft, it still has some scenes definitely not suitable for kids)

Now, if Paramount gets around to issuing a director's cut... all I can say is "I'm There!!" Ok... we are on the 4th paragraph already and nary a word has been said on what this movie is about other than it is scary and is set in space (well, what more of an excuse do you need to go and rent it!?), so, here is my usual, almost non-spoiler 'review' aspect of the movie review (pretty clever, huh?)...

Ok... a scientist (Sam Neil) invents a spaceship supposedly capable of faster than light flight by initiating a space-fold. The ship executes this fold and then disappears for seven straight years. Until now. An emergency beacon (check out the RealAudio portion of this review!) alerts USAC, and an emergency rescue ship is sent out to recover the ship (in orbit around Neptune) and rescue any survivors. Our fun starts when the rescue ship (captained by Laurence Fishburne) arrives at the 'Event Horizon.'

Anyways, as cryptic as all that sounds, even in it's "cut-up-to-all-hell" draft, this is one of my favorite films. Is it up there with 'Total Recall'? NO! But it is a good flick all the same. It is not as good as Alien, is better than any of the other Alien films, and is a sure fire beer and popcorn weekend rental. I mean, it will definitely appeal to your BBQ crowd a hell of a lot more than 'Bean!'...

'Event Horizon' is rated "R" for extreme violence and adult situations. There is no nudity in this film.

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