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Event Horizon

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Cult sci-fi horror has trauma, gory violence, language, sex.

Movie R 1997 96 minutes
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One of a slew of mid-budget '90s sci-fi movies that combined big-name casts, spaceships, and horror. After a troubled production process and initially struggling to impress upon its theatrical release, Event Horizon has since found a receptive audience on home media The movie might never step out of the formidable shadow cast by Aliens, but Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill embrace their roles as the cynical Captain Miller and idealistic engineer Weir to keep things watchable.

Having some supporting characters fail to grasp the basics of Weir's space travel explanations, despite literally being spaceship technicians, might be too implausible for some. But quickly the tone is set and it's clear that Event Horizon's cinematic mission is to quicken the pulse rather than encourage anyone to stop and think. The unfolding chaos and exposition aren't as well-crafted as some strong set design and decent special effects, but director Paul W.S. Anderson fully commits to the gore, trauma, and spectacle. As an audience, it's a case of strapping in for a hellish ride into the outer reaches of the galaxy.

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