Event Horizon

release year: 1997
genre: sci-fi/horror
viewing setting: home DVD, 4/15/12 an theater 8/13/97

synopsis: What if you could use a gravity-powered engine to drive a ship around (rather than along) space and time? That's what the Event Horizon was supposed to do, until it disappeared 7 years ago, in the year 2040. Now, it's reappeared near Neptune, and a rescue ship heads out there to find out what happened. The truth isn't pretty.

impressions: This film was a strange combination of genres and ideas, and while entertaining, it was far from perfect. Some things were left unexplained or unresolved. It did have a lot of in-your-face scary moments, though, plus some good special effects and sets.

something this movie has that no other movie has: A spaceship with a drive that creates a miniature black hole to bend reality.

acting: Lawrence Fishburne does a good job in his lead role as the dead-serious commander of the rescue ship. Sam Neill makes his character (the man who designed the gravity drive and the Event Horizon) rather unlikeable. Joely Richardson is the second-in-command.

final word: It's Alien meets 2010 meets Hellraiser and it's suspenseful, if not a classic.

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