Sometimes the right call is the obvious one

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A problem audiences often have with fiction is how the characters act in stupid and blind-sighted ways.  This is nearly always because the writer was either not clever enough to set the story up properly to get the characters on the path (s)he wanted, or just didn’t stop to think about how obvious it was the characters are acting in unrealistic ways.  It’s an extremely common audience complaint in horror fiction.  How many have heard the joke about “hey guys, let’s split up!”  Or the other one that goes “no, we should check out the (dark basement / moonless forest / abandoned house / etc…) now and not wait for morning.”

Event Horizon is a movie that disturbed me on many levels.  Many.  I saw it in the theaters.  When it was over, people asked me what I thought.  I said it was a pretty good movie, and I was never seeing it again. I haven’t.  It’s been the better part of two decades and I’ve not once watched it again.

But I have never forgotten this gem from it, because we need more clever writing that uses the right thing, rather than the forced one, to advance a story.  If you’re squeamish like me, use this link instead it to jump to time-code 0:49, to skip the setup.  All you really need to know is that they’re watching what happened on this derelict spaceship they’ve found, as recorded by the shipboard cameras; and it’s a horror show of bad.  Real bad.  As in oh-my-God bad.  Things that would make Freddie Kruger go “hey, man, like, seriously, okay?”

Probably my single favorite Lawrence Fishburne moment ever.