The expression "an ugly drunk" takes on a whole new meaning when the thirsty crew of an American deep-sea mining station investigates a mysteriously capsized, Russian wreck and brings back some experimental vodka that turns the unlucky imbiber into a plasma-craving fish creature. (Has there ever been a better reason for abstinence?) Although this "Aliens meets 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" story doesn't add anything new to the classic horror and sci-fi formulas that it so obviously borrows from, it's a fun monster film all the same, with impressive, gnarly effects, a better-than-expected cast (Peter Weller and a scene-stealing Ernie Hudson are the standouts), and an insanely detailed production design by Alien veteran Ron Cobb. Director George P. Cosmatos went on to direct Tombstone. --Andrew Wright
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wise-cracking underwater miners (led by Weller) who's being terrorized by a giant human-fishlike creature that was spawned from a genetic experiment gone haywire. The special effects was pretty cool, although they could have done a little more, but it's still an enjoyable movie to watch. Oscar winning composer Jerry Goldsmith (winner of the Best musical Score Oscar for 1976's "The Omen") does an excellect job conducting action & scary music sequences throughout the entire picture.
It's suspenseful, has good special effects, believable characters, and an interesting if implausible storyline. And it's a lot of fun!
Instead, just as we start to get interested in the characters and their strange, if claustrophobic world, along comes Nessie, in the form of infected vodka lifted from a sunken Russian ship that works some unpleasant effects on members of the crew. There's no need to describe the resulting carnage, as we've seen it all too many times in far better films.
Leviathan is better than it ought to be thanks to a first class cast and some better than average make-up and special effects work. Definitely a B film with some bite, and best relegated to the second or third video in a Saturday nite sci-fi blitz.
3 out of 5 stars for a strong start and good production values
This movie has been totally forgotten, and rightly so. Most people have no idea what this is.
Don't waste your time with this one. Why deal with the imitations? Settle for the real thing. Watch ALIEN.
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Yeah, this includes a lot of cliches but it's still a pretty good sci/fi monster flic.Published 17 months ago by B. Armitage
I enjoy a good story. Heck, I enjoy a decent story with a nifty monster. Being a fan of "The Thing" and other 80's style monster flicks, Leviathen is right up my ally. Read morePublished on March 12 2006 by Gregory Davis
The only thing that saved Lifeforce and Species from being complete crap is the fact that we get to see two babes nude. Nothing like that here so I'll say bye-bye to this film . . Read morePublished on March 17 2004
Horrible. Predictable. Everything predictable--even the part where you never get to see the monster, and even when you do "see" the monster in the end, you're not really... Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004
Leviathan unlike the Abyss was one of numerous underwater thrillers that had good special effects but needed more work on the script. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2002 by Patrick Adrian
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