Event Horizon (1997) – Movie Review
I was a teenager and was just getting in to horror and Science Fiction movies and TV series one of my favorite TV series that I really enjoyed was the TV series, Space Above And Beyond (A TV show that I am pretty certain was at least partly the inspiration for, Starship Troopers (1997))!
One of the reasons that I really liked this series is that this series takes place roughly about 100 years in the future, when the United States and other countries have finally made it in outer space and have begun to colonize the rest of the universe!
The reason that I mention this is that there is another movie that although it takes place in outer space and humanity is beginning to colonize outer space, it is still close enough to the present to give at least one interpretation of what it would be like when mankind starts making its first serious inroads in to outer space would be like! That movie of course being, Event Horizon (1997)!
Written by: Philip Eisner (Firestarter 2: Rekindled) & Directed By: Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil: Retribution). Starring: Sam Neill (Omen 3: Final Conflict), Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix), Kathleen Quinlan (The Hills Have Eyes), Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Richard T. Jones (Phone Booth), Jack Noseworthy (Surrogates), Jason Isaacs (Dawn), and Shawn Pertwee (Soldier).
This movie tells the story of the, ‘Event Horizon’, an experimental spaceship that is meant to test the bounds of human exploration with an experimental engine that would allow for mankind to seriously begin to explore outer space! The problem though is that after engaging the new drive, the Event Horizon ends up disappearing without a trace!
That is until years later when the Event Horizon pops back up on Earth’s radar, and they decide to send a rescue craft to rescue anyone who may still be alive on the ship, and also to investigate what happened to the ship itself!
The only problem though is that when the crew arrive along with a specialist who helped design the ship by the name of Doctor William Weir (Neill), weird things begin to happen, including seeing horrific images of loved ones, or past mistakes, etc…
Now with this hellish ship playing tricks on the crew, and slowly driving the already slightly unbalanced Dr. Weir insane, it will be up to Captain Miller (Fishburne) and the rest of his crew to work to get off the ship before the ship along with the help of good ole Doctor Weir end up destroying the ship and crew that had been sent out to rescue them!
Now on the plus side:
1. This movie has literally something for the fans of both Science Fiction and Horror Movies!
2. Event Horizon also has a great cast to it, that would go on to do to do other great Science Fiction and or Horror movies!
3. The next thing that I thought that I would mention is that the special effects were so well done, that there is a point on the ship where between the experimental drive and the rest of the ship that, looks like a grinder of sorts and was so well made that the first time I saw this scene I got a little dizzy!
4. I also wanted to say that I do believe that this movie is I believe an homage to the classic Science Fiction movies of the 50s, 60s and 70s that had to do with people heading out in to space to rescue other crews or to find out something that went wrong!
The only problem that I had with the movie is that, even though the concepts that hell is essentially another dimension, is an interesting
, is an interesting take on that old concept, the scenes having to do with people being tortured can be a little hard on the eyes, what I mean this is that they can hurt the eyes.
All in all it is a fun one, and it is definitely worth the time and trouble of watching it, and if you are like me, it will definitely become a treasured classic!