Movie Monday: Event Horizon

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I was at a bit of a loose end as to which movie to talk about today, bearing in mind I have seen a lot of films.  When I sat down to write this post nothing came to mind, until I looked over at my DVD collection and saw Event Horizon.

Event Horizon tells the story of a rescue crew who have to travel to Neptune where a distress signal has been received.  This is a huge risk for the crew of the rescue ship as few vessels ever go out as far as Neptune.  Cleary in this universe mankind has not conquered space flight yet.  Once the crew come out of stasis they are briefed on this mission by Dr.Weir (Sam Neill) Weir informs the crew that the vessel that they are going to rescue is the Event Horizon. The Event Horizon disapered some years earlier and is considered the greatest space disaster on record.  This causes a few issues with the crew as some of they are reluctant to believe this.  Dr. Weir goes on to explain that the Event Horizon was an experimental spacecraft that had a new gravity drive that creates an artificial black hole to speed up space travel.  When they get to the ship they find it empty.  No crew, aside from a frozen corpse that has had its eyes gouged out.  One of the rescue crew gets sucked into the gravity drive which sends out a shock wave that damages the rescue craft, The Lois and Clark. This leads to the rescue crew having to take refuge on the Event Horizon itself.  This is when the crew start having hallucinations, including Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne).  Miller decides to get off the ship as quickly as possible once the Lois and Clark is repaired and then destroy the Event Horizon, obviously it does not go to plan.  The mystery of where the ship has been all that time come out and people start dying in quite gruesome ways.

In addition to Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne the cast includes Jason Issacs, Sean Pertwee, Richard T. Jones, Kathleen Quinlan and Joey Richardson.  This film was the first time that I had really seen these actors and I think it is a very strong cast which adds to the film very well.  The relationships between the rescue crews is especially good and feels very real and not artificial.

Event Horizon is one of my favourite films. I remember watching it for the first time when it was out for rental and being sucked into its darkness.  At that stage in my movie watching history I had not really seen anything like it so it was a whole new experience.  It is a dark and disturbing film which asks a fair few questions of the darker side of humanity, but also how strong we as humans can be.  I watch Event Horizon quite often for that reason and it feeds my creativity as not only is the story and characters good and interesting it’s also a very beautiful film.

Movie Monday: Equilibrium

Equilibrium tells the story of John Preston, A grammaton cleric.  These clerics are there to hunt down anyone who may have stopped taking their Prozium.  A drug that prevents people from feeling.  Anything that may cause someone to have an emotional reaction is illegal and destroyed immediately.  As is any of the citizens of this post dystopian world.  If any of the citizens are found to have stopped taking Prozium then they are incinerated.  After executing his partner (Sean Bean) Preston (Christian Bale) accidentally drops one of his vile’s of Prozium and begins to feel. So he kind of stops taking his Prozium.  During this time he arrests a women, Mary O’Brian (Emily Watson) and she brings out the emotion in him.  Through her he contacts the resistance and agrees to kill Father.  Father (Sean Pertwee) is the dictator who rules and although he is never seen in public video of him is played everywhere reminding people of what happens when banned items are found.

There are a lot of little twists throughout the film.  Things get turned on their head and back again, Preston goes through hell as he discovers emotions and what they mean.  Aside from a feel that this is influenced by Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 and no doubt other works that I have not read or watched.

The action scenes are STUNNING! When I first saw it someone said to me it was like The Matrix, but better.  Now I don’t think that it is better than The Matrix, but I don’t think that The Matrix is better than Equilibrium either.  Both films have their own story and both films get that message out.  They are different films, but The Matrix had a much bigger budget and you can tell, but with Equilibrium it has a much more raw feel to it.  The actors give some really strong performances and I could feel Preston’s pain through Christian Bale’s performance.

It is a beautifully shot film with a strong plot and an impressive cast who impress in the film. Equilibrium is absolutely worth a watch.