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Leviathan

Peter Weller , Richard Crenna , George P. Cosmatos    VHS Tape
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Leviathan is really a lot of fun. Sept. 19 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
As a rip-off of Alien and The Thing set underwater, Leviathan is actually quite a fun sci-fi/horror flick. It has no pretensions to be anything else but gory shocker. Heck, it actually starts out it a rather interesting fashion. Once the icky things start happening, it becomes a non-stop ride of thrills and shocks. It's certainly better than DeepStar Six and Endless Descent, two other underwater thrillers made in the same time period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies April 8 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
It's not as good as Alien or The Thing, and it borrows from both of them. But nearly every film borrows from other films. The question is whether it's entertaining and worth the price.
It's suspenseful, has good special effects, believable characters, and an interesting if implausible storyline. And it's a lot of fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Come on people, this movie was not that bad Jan. 23 2000
Format:DVD
Listen, I am not saying this movie was on the level of alien, but let's get real. It was as bad as a Carrot Top movie. Well acted and some good special effects make this a very entertaining movie. Give this movie a chance and I can guarantee that you will be surprised. Enjoy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great, if a little cheesy, horror movie March 12 2006
Format:VHS Tape
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. The production value is great, and the monster is no worse then other 80's horror movies.
The story is a bit slow, but so was "The Abyss" and that movie has tons of critical acclaim. I really believe "Leviathan" is an awesome example of a monster movie, and really encourage people to watch it. If you liked "Aliens", "The Thing", and/or "The Abyss" you WILL get something out of "Leviathan".
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4.0 out of 5 stars underwater scares Oct. 4 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Having a monster movie filmed in a huge underwater mining lab is kinda silly at first, but gets pretty cool after a while. I've seen several Peter Weller movies, and this is his second best sci-fi movie he's done (right next to "RoboCop"). For people who haven't seen this movie yet, it's about a group of
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Visual Effects Movie Jan. 11 2002
Format:DVD
Leviathan unlike the Abyss was one of numerous underwater thrillers that had good special effects but needed more work on the script. Peter Weller played a good part but should've stuck to playing Robocop and Richard Crenna who played Doc has never been the same since First Blood in 1982. But all in all A great film.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't live up to its ambitions June 9 2001
Format:DVD
This is a special effects movie from 1989. Considering its age, the special effects hold up very well. However that can not be said about the plot of this movie. There first half of the movie starts slowly and it attempts to build supsense until the monster arives. Unfortunately the monster itself is so preposterous that its arrival only brings a major let down in the plot. The extended chase sequence is straight out of 'Alien' but holds none of the emotional tension that 'Alien' succeeds in providing.
This is a movie that tried to replicate the success of 'Alien'. It is really just 'Alien' placed underwater with none of its suspense.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Alien meets Abyss meets crap June 5 2001
Format:DVD
To my surprise I actually enjoyed the first half of this movie. But once this poorly made fish creature began appearing while devoring half the cast, the movie transformed into an exact clone of Alien and I lost interest. Peter Weller and Ernie Hudson are the bright spots in an otherwise routine monster film with an unbelievably stupid ending.
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1.0 out of 5 stars what is this . . no nudity??
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 more
Published on March 17 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite possibly the worst movie ever made
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 more
Published on Jan. 20 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars alien ripp off?
Is it just me or did this movie seem like the first alien movie?I mean it was almost the same thing! Read more
Published on June 2 2001 by Cedd Dogg
4.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites
I recently viewed this movie again. I was surprised by how suspenseful I still found the movie. Though the special effects are not what you could expect in today's films, they... Read more
Published on April 27 2001 by K. Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Knock-off
Yeah so its a little like Alien and The thing. So. I liked Alien and The Thing(1982) and i Think this is almost as good. Read more
Published on March 4 2001 by The Dude
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Knock-off
Yeah so its a little like Alien and The thing. So. I liked Alien and The Thing(1982) and i Think this is almost as good. Read more
Published on March 4 2001 by The Dude
3.0 out of 5 stars Alien underwater!
Leviathan isn't nearly as good as the movie it so obviously tries to be. Though it offers better creature effects and set-designs than ALIEN, as well as a larger cast, and an... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2001 by "dbzub22"
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