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September 6, 2014
If you've seen 'Alien' or 'The Thing', you've already seen this. Despite being one of a million similar monster movies, I'd have to say this one is pretty above average.

A pretty good ensemble cast including Weller, Stern and Hudson, but obviously don't expect too much. The script and direction are middling, but nothing too bad. The plot takes a little while to get moving, but once it does, it creates some decently creepy moments.

The creature is pretty cool. I certainly wasn't expecting much from an 80's mid-budget monster, but Stan Winston never disappointed. Certainly an original and interesting critter. Beyond that, the story is fairly cliche, and I'm quite sure you can guess who lives and dies in the end about 5 minutes into the film.

Again, alot of positives, but its just not original enough for me to rank better. If you're looking for a good monster movie, you could do much worse.
½ August 17, 2014
Leviathan is a disappointing film. It is about deep-sea miners who are transformed into monstrous amphibians after discovering a sunken Russian freighter. Peter Weller and Richard Crenna give terrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. George P. Cosmatos did a horrible job directing. I was not impressed with this motion picture.
½ August 3, 2014
What happens when you combine Alien, The Abyss and The Thing. It may not reach the heights of those classics, but Leviathan is still a fun, unsettling ride. The monster is a bit hokier than most, but the cast of wonderful character actors keep things entertaining. Won't change your life, but still a solid creature feature.
July 28, 2014
An okay Alien + The Thing rip off. Good cast, not super cheap. An almost convincing underwater effect. Good for a one time rental. A sold C grade flick. CHECK IT OUT
½ July 17, 2014
Did they have to kill off the black guy at the end of the movie? (Spoiler alert!)
½ June 6, 2014
In the late 1980's, when every studio was trying to come up with the newest "Alien", someone came up with the idea of looking down rather than up and the underwater alien film was born. "Leviathan" was the best of them, due mostly to its eclectic cast and better-than-average special effects.

Stan Winston was one of the best in the business, and his work here showcases that talent. It's not one of his best, but it sure was refreshing to revisit a film with an actual effects team and not a bunch of guys making them up on a computer. I was only disappointed in the finale, when you finally get a chance to see the creature in the daylight, but director George P. Cosmatos instead chooses to show him in only quick cut-aways. Apparently, he had a lot less confidence in Winston's abilities than the genre's true fans.

Cosmatos gets a lot of flack for his films, but this one moves along at a brisk pace save for the set-up thatr actually takes the time to introduce the characters. That was something of a pleasant rarity as well. The cast is a lot of fun, and everyone is very convincing in their roles despite some of the ludicrous dialogue they are forced to say. That only adds to the fun to be had here, but I do wish that there had been more of a backstory involving the creature's origin. That would have fleshed the story out some and strengthened the opening half.

But as it stands, "Leviathan" is a surprisingly solid B-movie that has held up pretty well over the years. The sets are impressive, as are the effects lending this the look and feel of a much more prestigious and expensive project even if the story is as pieced together as its creature.
½ May 27, 2014
You call that an ending? what were you drinking in the end?
January 24, 2014
Still not very good 25 years on. "crew expendable"
½ January 7, 2014
I remember when this came out that it was released the same time as an almost identical undersea thriller, "DeepStar Six," which was also essentially "Alien" under water. This film was the superior of the two, although both are far inferior to James Cameron's "The Abyss," which would be released just a few months later.Peter Weller leads a crew of undersea miners who find themselves trapped with a scary monster on board. It's completely by-the-numbers horror and completely unoriginal. However, it' gamily directed by George P. Cosmatos ("Tombston") and written by David Webb Peoples ("Unforgiven" "Blade Runner") and Jeb Stuart (The Fugitive). There's also a better cast than the film deserves including Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern, Ernie Hudson, Hector Elizondo and Meg Foster. There's decent production design by Ron Cobb and solid special effect by Stan Winston. There's also a good score by "Alien" composer Jerry Goldsmith. Given all the solid talent in front of and behind the camera here, this film should have been a whole lot better.
January 3, 2014
You'll be entertained. worst part is something at the end but don't let that ruin the rest of this.
January 2, 2014
They tried to combine Alien and The Thing, and the result was an abomination.
½ December 15, 2013
Not gonna lie, Daniel Stern makes this film.
½ November 19, 2013
A cheap attempt to cash in on the popularity of the Aliens movies. Poorly written. And worse no one seems to be that afraid. Shouldn't the trapped occupants of a submerged mine that are gradually being consumed by a monster be a little bit fearful.
½ November 10, 2013
wasnt what i was expecting, and the ending was comically terrible with an extremely awful one liner that any person would probably feel embarrassed to say.
October 21, 2013
Yep, this is exactly what you've read it is - a cheap knock-off of Alien, The Abyss, The Thing, and anything else that was popular at the time. Not extremely bad, just not at all good.
½ August 13, 2013
A mere 60 seconds of this movie told me all I needed to know-they werent even underwater but a blue filter was used instead. cheesy as hell, and I figured there was no where to go but down after that....I mean you're supposed to lead with some of your best stuff, right?
August 9, 2013
Borrows too heavily and not very well from Alien, The Thing and the Abyss.
½ July 28, 2013
Great Special Effects And Very Quotable Lines Make This Movie A Cult Classic.
July 10, 2013
Competently made but painfully derivative and unoriginal, ripping off Alien, The Thing, The Abyss and even Jaws at the last minute.
½ July 3, 2013
I am parsing this movie for being well made for at least the first half and the second half was laughably bad the monster was shown for a second at a time alien rip off abyss ripoff in general
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