Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Event Horizon (1997)

Director: Paul Anderson. Cast: Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, Kathleen Quinlan, Jason Isaacs. 96 min. Rated R. Sci-fi/Horror.

Recommended by friends who knew about my love of space movies, Event Horizon borrows from Alien, Aliens, Kubrick's 2001, and even The Shining (or maybe those films were just too overpowering). But it's main source is Tarkovsky's Solaris, describing a material setting feeding on its inhabitants' dreams, passions, and feelings of guilt. By delving into the philosophy of parallel universes, and the visual and conceptual illusion of hell, the film bridges into the realm of horror; and manages to differentiate itself from your regular run-of-the-mill space fantasy. But bad direction, weak acting, and superficial dialogue prevents it from becoming memorable.

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