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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Working together as a team. Being professional. Accepting others and their differences.
Positive Role Models
The crew of rescue vessel Lewis and Clark are professional and work hard at their jobs. Weir attempts to integrate despite being an outsider. Miller is blunt with Weir but accepting of his reasons for joining them.
A range of nationalities, genders, and ethnicities among the main cast, although the highest ranking characters are all male. Minor roles for disabled characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters traumatized by bad dreams and hallucinations. People and dead bodies with gory disfigurements, including kids. Dismembered body parts. Character is set on fire and burns to death -- graphic injuries shown. Minor scuffles. Characters arm themselves with rifles and other space-age weaponry, including explosives. Violent confrontations, prolonged and graphic deaths. Perilous situations are frequent owing to the nature of the characters' work. Bloody injury with gore and blood spray. Characters bound and impaled. Characters gouge their own eyes out. A tide of bloody water washes over one character. Some sexual violence. Characters self-mutilate.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters are seen in their underwear. Some topless nudity. Innuendo. Scantily-clad model visible in the pages of a magazine. Brief orgy scene involving consensual sex but also sexual violence.
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Language used includes "s--t," "f--k," "bulls--t," "bastard," and "motherf----rs." "Jesus" is also used as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Event Horizon is something of a cult sci-fi horror movie with plenty of gory violence -- including sexual violence -- and strong language. The movie stars Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, and Kathleen Quinlan who are all part of a rescue mission to retrieve a lost spacecraft. The genre of the movie prevents it from being particularly positive, but the main characters have a clear moral code and values, which is reflected in their approach to their work. The crew has a wide mix of nationalities, races, and genders and in one scene there is a good representation of disabled characters. Violence, peril, and trauma all feature throughout, with the level of both escalating throughout the movie. Often this takes the form of characters being traumatized by nightmarish visions and experiences, in which they see gruesomely injured and mutilated people. Characters gouge out their own eyes on more than one occasion. There is also a "blood orgy" scene featuring both consensual sex and sexual violence. There is brief non-graphic, non-sexual nudity and both male and female characters stripped to their underwear. Innuendo also features. Swearing is frequent and includes use of "f--k," "motherf----rs," and "s--t." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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