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Event Horizon
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01.13.2009 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Paul W.S. Anderson

Actors:
Sam Neil
Laurence Fishburn
Kathleen Quinlan

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
When a once-lost ship sends a distress signal from the far outreaches of Neptune, a rescue ship is dispatched to find the ship. Although they find the ship, they also discover something more evil then they ever could have imagined.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
EVENT HORIZON is one of those films that frustrates you from the overall incompetence surrounding the film. I really like the idea of a guy building a ship that can travel to “hell” so he can be/rescue his wife, and then that ship returning with something evil. That seems like a cool idea that would create a world of opportunity for a talented filmmaker. Unfortunately, Paul Anderson is not a talented filmmaker and this film was one blunder after another. So much so that the overall point of the film was lost before it even got started.

This could have been an extremely intense sci-fi/horror film, but we got barely two minutes worth of “horror” and it was crammed in at the very end. I really feel it was important for audiences to know the ship went to “hell” and we should have seen that as soon as the first guy was sucked in. Unfortunately, Anderson treated that like it was a big secret, when the real secret revolved around what exactly was “haunting” the ship, which we never actually learn.

Another sign you’re in for a long 90 minutes is when you get a wave of cheap scares. This is when the music gets intense and the guy turns around only to find a cat or something. We get a lot of those moments here and that only desensitizes the audience for when the real thrills come in. Again, there was opportunity to have an extremely frightening film, but these filmmakers couldn’t do it.

It’s hard to make a good science fiction film, but it all starts with a good story. EVENT HORIZON actually has a very good story, but it’s so buried under the lame filmmaking that most audiences probably never even got it. Heck, I’m not even sure the filmmakers got it.
THE EXTRAS
Audio Commentary with Paul W.S. Anderson and Jeremy Bolt: I really don’t like Paul W.S. Anderson, but the guy can really talk about his films. He comes off arrogant and a little obnoxious, but I’m not sure if it’s intentional. As with most special features, I wouldn’t even try to watch this unless you like Anderson and the film.

Deleted Scenes (10:03): Nothing special here. I liked the early setup scene for the Dr., but other than that they were pretty unneccessary. Dr. Weir was a convaluted and poorly written character, so any scene trying to explain his position would have helped.

Making of Event Horizon (103:01): Whoever thought it was a good idea to make a 103-minutes featuerette on the making of EVENT HORIZON should be shot. It’s extensive, which gives you a chance to figure out where things went wrong. Basically, it started when Anderson got on board and changed the script. But I digress. Anyway, this is good, but it’s really tough to get through if you didn’t like the film.

The Filming of Event Horizon (8:12): They might as well have made the above featurette a full two hours and save us the trouble of clicking on the next featurette. This is basically behind the scenes footage with Anderson talking over it. It’s decent footage and kind of interesting to see how they filmed the scenes.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This film didn’t have much success in the theaters, but I always thought it was because it didn’t have any “big name” stars. After I saw it, I realized that no star could have made this film any better. What they really needed was a new director.
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