Reviewed by: David Peterson
The story takes place in the year 2047, seven years after the unexplained disappearance of a deep space vessel known as the Event Horizon. After receiving distress signals from near the planet Neptune, a top secret search and rescue mission is undertaken.
Enroute, the crew of the Lewis and Clark search and rescue ship receives their mission briefing. The captain (Laurence Fishburne) informs his crew that Dr. Mier (Sam Neilson) is accompanying them as an expert consultant. The doctor proceeds to explain that they are on a mission to rescue the crew of the Event Horizon! It seems that the ship was not destroyed as had originally been proclaimed. In reality, the Event Horizon was the first ship ever designed that was capable of light-speed travel, by “bending” or “folding” space. On her maiden voyage, the Event Horizon had disappeared when attempting to use a special magnetic core for the first time. Now that she was back, it was clear that she had not been destroyed, but that she had been somewhere.
Once docked with the Event Horizon, a rescue team is sent aboard. After making a number of incredibly gruesome discoveries, it is determined that the crew is dead. During the search, a shock wave set off by the magnetic core of the Event Horizon disables the Lewis and Clark forcing the entire crew to take refuge aboard the Event Horizon while repairs are being made.
It becomes clear at this point that things are not normal aboard the Event Horizon. The ship has not traveled great distances, but to another dimension. And it has been changed. It seems to be “alive” itself and bent upon evil of the most ghastly kind. Dr. Mier becomes “possessed” by the ship and attempts to keep the crew from leaving, while they (of course) make every effort to leave.
The rest of the film consists almost entirely of unbelievably horrible, graphic depictions of torture, mutilation, cannibalism, dismemberment, etc.
I cannot stress enough that the portrayals of violence are the worst I have ever seen. Many are so UNSPEAKABLY GROTESQUE that it is difficult to imagine how someone could have conceived of them. During one scene of repulsive imagery, there is also female nudity thrown in to make the perversion complete.
The mediocre science fiction elements are not worth the defilement that comes from the rest of the film. I am ashamed that I saw this film, and even more ashamed that I didn’t get up and leave when these dreadful elements began. Christians are commanded to be “innocent in what is evil,” (Rom. 16:19). I would highly caution you if you are considering seeing “Event Horizon”.
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