Another Stinkin’ Movie

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Patty and I like to veg out with a movie on a weekend afternoon, and this looked promising: a starship gone missing for seven years suddenly turns up in orbit around Neptune, and a rescue ship is sent out to investigate. Cool idea. And then we find out the starship has been through a black hole and come back… and where were they? Yeah, that’s cool, too. Event Horizon, starring Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill, directed by Paul Anderson–avoid it if you can.

Was this movie written by a couple of high school kids? It often happens to young writers: you get an idea, a really good idea, and then you just don’t know how to finish the story. It melts down into a pile of bubbling claptrap.

One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that an awful lot of people who want “to write,” as they say, but haven’t got the foggiest idea how to do it, make a beeline for science fiction. What is it about science fiction that so powerfully attracts people who don’t know what they’re doing? There are science fiction writers who do know what they’re doing, but Hollywood apparently prefers the other kind. So take heart! If you can’t write a coherent story, you still might catch on as a movie screenwriter.

If you want to see about two-thirds of a halfway decent movie that then decides to fall flat on its face for the remaining 30 minutes, welcome to Event Horizon.


About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

5 responses to “Another Stinkin’ Movie

  • cassandra41

    Yeah, I was also let down by the ending. I don’t think that the writers today are able to reach a “good ending.” They seem to think that it somehow is less “mature” to have the good guys really win. Back in the day, the Hollywood code would not permit the bad guys to win. Even a “good” bad guy had to pay some price for his former “badness.” It’s sad because the film was a good premise and certainly scary enough. It’s really too bad that the ending was so unsatisfactory.

  • thewhiterabbit2016

    I saw this movie – it’s lousy, even though it has such good actors. Too bad they didn’t have better parts to act out.

  • Re-Farmer

    My daughters LOVE this movie.

    Then have a thing for bad movies. Especially bad horror movies. LOL

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