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Leviathan (1989)


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Deep-sea miners are transformed into monstrous amphibians after discovering a sunken Russian freighter.

Aug 14, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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The latter half of the film is one long feeding frenzy, guided by a familiar horror-film principle: survival of the best-looking.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Leviathan is intermittently interesting, but it's a bad sign that the movie starts losing its punch when the monster shows up.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Pulled off with a fine cast and a taut storytelling sensibility from director George P. Cosmatos, the film is worth a revisit or a first-time look, whichever the case may be.

August 21, 2014 Full Review Source:

There are some slow spots, and because it so closely mirrors a horror classic, there's not a lot of originality or surprise.

August 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
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It's almost impossible to discuss Leviathan without making a reference (or three) to James Cameron's far, far superior Aliens...

January 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Cheesy hybrid of Alien, The Thing, and The Abyss.

June 17, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Big, dumb monster movie.

March 10, 2005
7M Pictures

A "just say no" (or "nyet") PSA disguised as a thriller.

November 22, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Forgettable and predictable, but with a good cast and some fun special effects.

January 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Slasherpool

Dismal knock-off of THE ABYSS, but better than DEEP STAR SIX.

March 19, 2003

Okay effects, good performances, and just a little more than the FDA- recommended daily minimum allowance of mindless entertainment and chills.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Cheesy underwater monster movie that, for some reason, I have a perverse enjoyment of.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

There are some interesting psychological overtones here that have to do with genetic research, but they are never explored.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Marks a low point in special effects wizard Stan Winston's career...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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Audience Reviews for Leviathan

Leviathan has gotten a reputation of being a rip-off of Alien, thus many critics of this enjoyable B Movie have been unfavourable due to its similarities to Ridley Scott's classic film. Leviathan is an action packed ride that delivers a story very similar to Alien, except it's underwater. The film was directed by George P. Cosmatos who also directed the sequel to Rambo, Rambo: First Blood Part 2. Cosmatos has a good eye of what makes an effective action film, thus he was able to create a fun, and effective Sci Fi action horror film with this film; despite him using Alien as a template for his story. I personally think that Leviathan doesn't deserve all the flack it has received. Despite the fact its derivative from other films, this is still an entertaining film to watch. Stan Winston who created some stellar effects in other films such as Aliens and The Terminator created the effects for this film. However, this time around his effects are less spectacular. Nonetheless, the film is fun, entertaining and in the end a pure popcorn flick from start to finish. Although the film is nothing new, it's still a pleasant film to watch. I think that the film is better than what most critics have claimed it to be. The fact is, it's a clear rip-off of Alien, and because of it, people are quick to dismiss it. However, if you're looking for a mindless monster flick with a familiar formula, then give this film a shot.
February 26, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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In a mining corporation "Tri-Oceanic", the company hires civilians to work under the sea for 90 working days. The man in charge is Steven Beck (Peter Weller), who does his best handling his crew members (Amanda Pays, Ernie Hudson, Hector Elizondo, Michael Carmine, Lisa Eilbacher and Daniel Stern) and the doctor in staff (Richard Crenna). Like any other working day under the sea, two of the crew members has discovers an sinked Russian ship named "Leviathan". When they looked around, one of them has discover an safe. All they found inside is a pictures, a vodka bottle, a video tape and a flask of vodka. Which the crew member found in the safe has taking it without his boss seeing it. When he starts drinking it, along another crew member drinking it secretly. Then they both gets sick, one of them died quietly and the other committed suicide. The doctor, who knows the Russian language well. Along with Beck, they watched the video and they discover the Russian crew are actually scientists and they were playing god. Now these two dead crew members are having generic alteration and slowly turning into the unknown. When the crew tries to get rid of these bodies and putting it out to sea. Parts of the creature got inside the vessel. Now starts killing the crew, one by one. While Beck's boss above the sea (Meg Foster) warms them, they can't escape. Since there's an major storm coming. Now the crew has to do anything to stay alive.

Directed by George P. Cosmatos (Rambo:First Blood Part 2, Cobra, Tombstone) made an entertaining, familiar Sci-Fi/Adventure/Horror/Thriller. They were two Science Fictions films about under the sea back in 1989. One was Sean S. Cunningham's cheap looking but horrible "Deep Star Six" and James Cameron's underrated "The Abyss". Since this feature and the two others were major box office disappointments. The premise isn't really nothing new but director Cosmatos has an good cast at work here, the production designs by Rob Cobb (Conan the Barbarian, The Last Starfighter), imaginative creature work by Stan Winston studios, good looking cinematography by Alex Thomson (Alien 3, Death Line, Legend) and fine music score by Jerry Goldsmith (Gremlins 1 & 2, The Omen, Total Recall).

"Levithan", it's far from a perfect movie. The screenplay by David Webb Peoples (Blade Runner, Twelve Monkeys, Unforgiven) and Jeb Staurt (Another 48 Hrs, Die Hard, The Fugitive) does have its problems at times but that hardly matters, the picture has a refreshing sense of humor and there's few memorable gory moments of suspense. This film of went on to be a cult favorite. Fans of Science-Fiction/Horror Genre will certainly like this one.
May 28, 2011
David Ladd

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You gotta love any old skool effects sci-fi underwater movie, especially with Ernie Hudson. Some pretty great characters, i.e. Daniel Stern as Six Pack. Reminded me a lot of the Thing, although not quite as well done. I disliked that they needlessly killed Ernie Hudson in the last two minutes of the movie. It made his awesome survival into a 'we need a guy to kill at the end of the movie, so let's have him live until then'. Oh well.
October 4, 2010
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Highly derivative "Alien under the sea" creature feature that's hugely unoriginal but reasonably entertaining. Hector Elizondo is always watchable, and Amanda Pays running around in her underwear will appeal to a certain demographic...
March 3, 2007
xGary Xx

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    1. Elizabeth 'Willie' Williams: Oh by the way, how did you know they'd get into the Vodka?
    2. Steven Beck: Hell it's what I would've done. [smiles]
    3. Elizabeth 'Willie' Williams: [laughs] You know maybe you're more one of us than you think. [smiles and jogs off]
    – Submitted by Nick S (2 years ago)
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