Movie Review: Event Horizon (1997)

Synopsis: Seven years after the spaceship Event Horizon went missing while attempting to explore the farthest parts of our solar system, it mysteriously returns and sends off a distress call. A crew is dispatched to locate and investigate the ship in an effort to find out what happened to the vessel and its crew. When they get there, they quickly learn they haven't been given the full story and must fight for their survival as a result.

Who's in it? The movie stars Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Joely Richardson, Sean Pertwee and Jason Isaacs.

Review: I cam across this film on one of our movie channels a few days ago and, even though I knew my wife and I had watched it together several years ago, I decided to record it because I realized I couldn't remember much about it. We ended up watching the film Thursday and Friday nights and, overall, I thought it ended up being a good choice.

I'm a huge fan of mysteries and this science fiction film proved to be worth watching largely because of the mystery surrounding the Event Horizon. It's obvious, from the time the crew boards the ship, something happened to that spacecraft and its crew. There's blood everywhere and the ship's log recorded various screams. However, the details about what led to all of that are clouded, largely because quite a few details about the ship's mission are kept secret.

The fact the rescue crew itself is starting to experience strange things ranging from hallucinations to apparent spiritual possession also adds quite a bit of intrigue to the movie. The hallucinations, at times, make it hard to tell if an event is really happening or is just in someone's head while the possession part of it means just about anyone could end up being a bad guy.

Adding to the suspense is their remote location. Something like this happening on Earth is creepy. Having this happen millions of miles away from the planet, months away from any rescue, just adds to that. And, since they are out in space, it's not as though they can just run out a door and find a safe place to hide. It really makes me wonder why more horror movies don't take place in space.

Final Opinion: This is an entertaining movie with plenty of suspense and a halfway decent mystery. If you haven't seen it, it's worth taking the time to watch it at least once.

My Grade: B


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