Saturday, November 17, 2012

Leviathan (1989)

Deep beneath the ocean, a silver mining crew discovers a sunken Soviet ship whose crew died under mysterious circumstances. A review of their ship's data reveals that the Soviets were working on a deadly new biological weapon, and one that has begun to infect everyone on board! Of the many films to follow in ALIEN's footprint, LEVIATHAN comes closest to replicating the same level of fear and paranoia... At least in the first act. The film features an impressive cast led by Peter Weller and Richard Crenna, and also includes incredible production designs for both the interior and exterior sets of the underwater mining facility. It is most unfortunate that things quickly begin to fall apart in the over-indulgent ending, where the lackluster creature effects and laughable surprises drag an otherwise enjoyable film back into the depths. Regardless, LEVIATHAN comes as a welcomed addition to other Science Fiction horrors like THE THING, DEEPSTAR SIX, and the ALIEN series.

Rating: 7/10.

Movies like LEVIATHAN:
ALIEN, CREATURE, THE ABYSS, DEEPSTAR SIX, GALAXY OF TERROR, FORBIDDEN WORLD.



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4 comments:

  1. Important lesson about being a black guy in a sci-fi horror film: if you don't die first, you're going to have to sacrifice yourself to save the white couple at the end.

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  2. Honestly, that is one of the most jaw-dropping endings I have ever seen. Which of the producers felt that the underwater climax wasnt enough, and that they needed sharks and a weakened reference to Roy Sheider's classic line in Jaws to top it off? Ernie Hudson never catches a break, but he got off easier than good ol' Daniel Stern.

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  3. I vaguely remember this one being a bit (forgive me) "icky". Especially that scene where they carrying the befouled bodies of their dead crewmates out of the airlock (waterlock?), and a leg (or was it just a foot? can't recall) detaches itself from the obscene mass and slithers off. Blarghhh!

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  4. Fact and fact, time to revisit Laz, I was pleasantly surprised!

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