Not long after I started my blog, I made a list of some of my favorite movies. I listed ten such movies but in truth, that list could possibly go on for a very long time. Not every movie I consider a favorite would get a five star rating. That said, I still love all my favorites and I have a tendency to watch them over again and again. Event Horizon is one of those movies. I will admit that I haven't watched it as much as I have Friday The 13th Part Two but I still love it. Some movies grow on me over time. They may not start out as a favorite movie but after a couple of times watching it, I start to like it even more. Event Horizon was a movie that I knew was going to be a favorite after the first time I watched it.
What makes this movie so special to me? For one it is the plot. Think haunted house in space and you have a fairly good idea of what this movie is about. A deep space ship goes missing and seven years later, it returns to the place it went missing from. The Lewis And Clark is sent to rescue anyone left on board and to try and salvage the Event Horizon. What they don't know is that the Event Horizon was using a new kind of drive that will bend space so that the ship can reach the furthest parts of the universe faster. Think worm hole except that they are using the power of a black hole. The rescue crew, along with the person that helped build the Event Horizon and its drive, board the Event Horizon and soon discover that it is deserted....or is it?
Another big plus in Event Horizon's favor is the cast. Laurence Fishburne is the Captain of the rescue ship and does a great job as usual. Sam Neill is the expert they bring along and also does a great job. Kathleen Quinlan is the Med Tech. Joely Richardson is the Lt. of the ship. She really should have gotten a little more screen time than she did. Richard T. Jones, Jack Noseworthy, Jason Isaacs and Sean Pertwee help round out the cast. All do a good job with their roles. The script doesn't get into a lot of character devolpement but there is just enough so that we get to know the characters a little bit. Mostly we find out that some of them are feeling guilty about someone or some event.
As much as I love Event Horizon, it is not without its faults. At times, the CGI effects can look just a little off. There are places in the plot that require us to suspend our belief as well. At one point the rescue ship explodes. Since it is docked to the Event Horizon at the time, I would think that the Event Horizon would also suffer some damage but this doesn't appear to be the case. Also, one of the rescue crew is working on the rescue ship at the time it explodes. Not only does he somehow manage to survive the explosion, he also gets sent out into space. Then, to stretch things further, he somehow manages to find his way back to the Event Horizon. To me these were the biggest problems but they don't take away from the film as a whole.
The things I liked far out weigh the things I didn't like. The Event Horizon herself looks very cool but it is the inside of the ship the blew me away. The way some of the rooms looked and some of the shots they manage to get just left me thinking one word, wow. The gore effects, while often shown very quickly, are very well done. Some people see Event Horizon as a cross with sci-fi and Hellraiser. I don't really see the connection. I don't want to give too much away of the plot or anything but lets just say that Hell is the only thing that they have in common.
Since I love this film, I overlooked the good reviews and only read the bad reviews. I wanted to know why people didn't like this film. Outside of people complaining that there is horror in their sci-fi film, I couldn't find a good reason as to why people didn't like the film. All anyone would say is that it was a bad film or that it had plot holes. No one would give examples or try and explain why they felt it was a bad film. So if any of you out there felt this was a bad film, please try and explain to me why you felt that way. If you haven't watched Event Horizon yet, you need to give it a shot.