Event Horizon (1997)

“Who knows where it’s been, what it’s seen. Or what it’s brought back with it.”

★★

Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Written by: Philip Eisner
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan

Set in the year 2047, Paul Anderson’s Event Horizon takes a space rescue team out to Neptune, where they recover a deep space exploration ship that disappeared some seven years ago. The ship, named ‘Event Horizon’, was part of a secret mission to enter a gateway to another universe. How the ship returned, and what it brought back with it, is a mystery. That is, until the rescue team is lured into the evil that caused Event Horizon’s previous shipmates to turn into human pâté.

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While Event Horizon has the look of a well-oiled space horror film, it doesn’t quite pull off its blend of supernatural elements and science fiction fear. The crew is made up of likable and intriguing characters, but as their personal demons – including traumatic past experiences and family members – take the place of the flesh eating aliens that we’re used to, Event Horizon fails to lift its psychological scares out of the shock value orbit.

In the end, Event Horizon leaves it up to the explosions and the bloody gore to tie up loose ends in the plot’s logic and major fear factor. With a set and ensemble cast ready for take-off, Event Horizon lacks the suspense or the psychological depth that it needs to be an out-of-this-world space thriller.

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