THE PLOT THUS FAR
On the dark and forbidding ocean floor, the crew of a deep-sea mission rig discovers a sunken freighter that harbors a deadly secret: a genetic experiment gone horribly wrong. With a storm raging on the surface and no hope of rescue, the captain and his team are propelled into a spine-tingling battle for survival against the ultimate foe: a hideous monster that cannot die…and lives to kill!
Starring Peter Weller (Robocop), Amanda Pays (Max Headroom), Richard Crenna (First Blood), Daniel Stern (Home Alone) and Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters) and directed by George P. Cosmatos (Tombstone, Of Unknown Origin), Leviathan features a solid script by veteran screenwriters David Peoples (Blade Runner) and Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive) and amazing creature effects by the one and only Stan Winston (Aliens, Predator, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park).
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Leviathan” is a film about a deep sea mining mission where the roughneck techs discover a ship that looks it has been abandoned. Daniel Stern takes a break from narrating Kevin Arnold’s childhood and it goes bad. Squishy squid things infect him and turn him into a giant infection monster that messes up poor Hector Elizondo and the lady from “The Flash” TV series. The one with John Wesley Shipp…the older one with John Wesley Shipp. Basically, a lot of character actors and genre favorites die in this movie.
Deep-sea mining became a big thing around 1989. I don’t know if you can pin the revival exclusively on James Cameron, but the material was fruitful enough for “The Abyss”, “DeepStar Six” and “Leviathan” to exist alongside each other within eight months of release. Naturally, the horror films took the lead and showed the world that there weren’t CG water people living below the waves. There were only crab and lamprey monsters that wanted to ruin the world. Take that Cameron and stick it up your morphing technology!
The Blu-Ray comes with interviews and a trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality is strong and period appropriate. The DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track is a clean stereo mix. Plus, the 1080p transfer makes the dark and enclosed interiors come to life. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 08/19/2014