DATELINE: MOVIE MASHUP
Event Horizon is a mysterious space ship that disappeared in 2040 and suddenly shows up behind Neptune seven years later.
They might as well have called the ship The Flying Dutchman in science fiction garb. This interesting little-known sci-fi thriller is heavy on loud noises to rattle your bones, but the plot owes its being to Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and a dozen other ‘something is lurking in the air shaft’ school of unseen monsters.
Sam Neill is on board as an odd scientist who invented the original ship that would breach black holes. And, Laurence Fishburne is aboard as the no-nonsense captain.
Among the other crew is Sean Pertwee and Jack Noseworthy, both adept in their stereotypical roles. The female leads like Kathleen Quinlan are cast to be politically correct more than developed heroic figures. Of course, Joely Richardson is wonderful, as she always is.
You may keep wondering if the formula means the doctor is actually a robotic computer, as often happens in these pictures. There is fortunately no superhero actor like Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or Sylvester Stallone, ready to take charge with the action thrills.
With so many space shot movies, this one seems to have slipped between the cracks, but may be ripe for rediscovery. It provides a few thrills, without the comic book special effects.
The screenplay seems written to circum-navigate all the previous tales and still seem fresh.
The notion that the ‘mad’ scientist has no idea what he has unleashed—or perhaps knows all too well—is a time tested plot device, but with Neill’s performance, you may be unsure where he really stands when it comes to creatures from the black abyss.
Event Horizon is pithy and has a Dragnet kind of style. We want the facts, but Sam Neill’s Dr. Weir simply won’t provide them, much to our delight
Alas, in the final ten minutes, all hell literally breaks loose, and we do not misuse our figurative language. The ultimate result looks like Stanley Kubrick directed on LSD.