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Event Horizon 
"Event Horizon" by Yojimbo
2.5/4 stars

Deep space exploration vessel Event Horizon reappears after vanishing seven years previously and a rescue team is dispatched to the outer solar system to investigate. Event Horizon has a rather hokey premise; that a space ship creates a dimensional portal to hell and returns with an evil presence on board. Obviously, if you're not a fan of sci-fi or horror this is a tough one to swallow, but to fans it is quite a nice marriage of Aliens style wisecracking space jockeys and Clive Barker style imagery. Visually this film is spectacular; the production design is superb, clearly borrowing heavily from 2001 and Alien but also some gorgeous art deco style art design. For the first hour the story builds up quite nicely with solid performances from its stars and it has some creepy, atmospheric scenes. Unfortunately the final act sees logical story telling flushed out of the nearest airlock and it degenerates into nothing but lots of diving around in slo-mo explosions and running about in dark corridors. It's a genuine shame because the first hour is that of a 3.5 star film but I'd definitely recommend fans of the genre to check it out, if only for the set design alone.


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