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Event horizon

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Infinite space - infinite terror

Event horizon: the effective boundary of a black hole, the point at which light or matter can no longer escape the collapsed star's gravity. The point of no return.

The year is 2047: a rescue mission is sent to the outer reaches of our solar system to salvage the Event Horizon, a prototype spaceship missing for the last seven years. As the crew search for the survivors, they discover the terrifying secrets that lie within the mysterious spaceship.

Persons of interest

  • Laurence Fishburne .... Captain Miller
  • Sam Neill .... Doctor William Weir
  • Kathleen Quinlan .... Peters
  • Joely Richardson .... Lieutenant Starck
  • Richard T Jones .... Cooper
  • Jack Noseworthy .... Justin
  • Jason Isaacs .... DJ
  • Sean Pertwee .... Smith
  • Peter Marinker .... Kilpack
  • Holley Chant .... Claire
  • Barclay Wright .... Denny
  • Noah Huntley .... Edward Corrick
  • Philip Eisner .... Screenwriter
  • Paul Anderson .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

A sad rip off of Alien, but aren't they all?

There are some great special effects. But there are more clichés than effects, so you know there's a problem, and that doesn't include holes in the plot that you could fly a spaceship through.

Bitch list:

  • there are almost no lights in the spaceship
  • the terminals are ergonomically incorrect
  • there are sharp pointy things for no reason at all
  • there are weird shaped walls and endless corridors for no reason at all
  • the executive officer comes up with the solution right at the beginning of the film when no-one else even knows what's going on
  • if it's a United States Aerospace Command ship why do half the crew speak with non-American accents?
  • how come the African-American guy is a hip funster (or are all African-Americans like that?)
  • why is there an unreasonably cute marine who gets injured and has to take his clothes off?
  • how come the blind baddie can shoot one good guy but misses the other?
  • since when did black holes open a door to Hell?
(That last bitch gives away a plot surprise, but hey, you'll be surprised to find that there was a plot anyway.)

The dialogue, acting, design, direction, and story are mediocre at best. If you are a die hard SF thriller aficionado, then see it by all means, but don't blame me if you want your money back.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Trailers: Theatrical

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language)

Surveillance time

96 minutes (1:36 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD rental: 10 August 2001

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