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The year is 2047: a rescue mission is sent to the outer reaches of the solar system to salvage the Event Horizon, a prototype spaceship designed by Dr William Weir (Sam Neill) to reach distant stars, but vanished without a trace seven years ago. Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne) leads a team of seasoned professionals on board the rescue ship: navigator Starck (Joely Richardson), emergency technicians Peters (Kathleen Quinlan) and Cooper (Richard T. Jones), engineer Justin (Jack Noseworthy), doctor D.J. (Jason Isaaacs) and pilot Smith (Sean Pertwee). Only when they are in deep space does Weir reveal the truth about the Event Horizon, a ship he built to fold space and thus make travel in time and space possible. What nobody expected was that the ship, named after the lip of a black hole, would cross over from our universe into another reality - hell.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Bad title, silly film, non event . . . excuse the flip, glib trip, but really! So much wonderful talent involved, from the blast of a cast to the SFX teams, the miniature model makers, the CGI designers, the production designers, the cinematographers, motion control specialists . . . but they are technicians, not heart warmers. There's the problem. We just don't get engaged. No emotional investment required.

So, the film is entertaining in an empty sort of way, over the top much of the time with its gory, bloody imagery, with its complicated attempt at metaphysics and physics on a collision course as the questions of the universe are answered by the screams of hell. The young Brit director is making his cinematic bones here, and he is clearly an imaginative and talented filmmaker with an eye for the cinematic stun gun. Whether he has anything to say is hard to tell from this film: his shock tactics overstate whatever that may be. No doubt there is an audience for the film: teen audiences will find much to squirm about.

Special features on the DVD include commentary by director Paul Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt, a five-part making-of documentary, deleted and extended scenes.

Published October 12, 2006

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(US, 1997)

CAST: Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson, Richard T. Jones, Jack Noseworthy, Jason Isaacs, Sean Pertwee

DIRECTOR: Paul Anderson

SCRIPT: Paul Eisner

RUNNING TIME: 95 minutes


SPECIAL FEATURES: Special Features include, Commentary by Director Paul Anderson and Producer Jeremy Bolt; The Making of Event Horizon Documentary (in 5 parts), The Unseen Event Horizon Secrets - deleted and extended scenes & The Point of No Return plus lots more.


DVD RELEASE: October 5, 2006

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