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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
½ June 13, 2013
Leviathan actually begins on an interesting note, taking care to introduce most of the characters as well rounded individuals, but that's where all pretense of this being a good movie stops. Characters talk in circles to explain the intricacies of the mining station, the "creature" is neither scary nor makes much sense as an organism and by the end, the film could easily be confused for one of the Asylum's masterpieces. Overall, it comes off as nothing more than a cheap knock-off of The Abyss.
½ May 12, 2013
Little more than a rip-off of Alien and Aliens, and The Abyss. Big, greedy mining company is the bad guy. Hmmm. Sounds awfully familiar.
April 27, 2013
Tri-Oceanic Corp has hired a crew of undersea miners to do a 90 day mining operation on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The head of the corporation, Miss Martin (Meg Foster), has employed Steven Beck (Peter Weller), a geologist, to assist in mining operations as well as command the undersea mining station. While outside their vessel in a pressure suit, brash worker Sixpack (Daniel Stern) trips and stumbles upon a wrecked ship. Because he didn't respond to hails over his radio, Williams (Amanda Pays) goes to look for him and finds him excited over a "treasure" chest he has found. The research specialist and local physician, Dr. Thompson (Richard Crenna), sees that it is a Russian ship and identified the ship as the "Leviathan" from it's markings. When checking on records of Leviathan, the crew discover that it is still marked as an active ship on duty in the Baltic Sea. Meanwhile, Sixpack and the rest of the crew open a safe from The Leviathan and find several crew records relating to deceased crew members, as well as a video tape from the doctor of Leviathan. Among the materials, Sixpack finds a flask of Vodka. There being no alcohol on their own ship, he hides this for his own use later. Bowman (Lisa Eilbacher) figured out Sixpack had hidden away the Vodka and persuades him to share it. That night, Dr. Thompson and Beck review the videotape of the Russian doctor of Leviathan and believe his medical log was cryptic over the crew's poor health condition describing his infirmy filled with sick crew members and that "something's off" before the tape suddenly ends. They also went through the video tapes of Leviathan and noticed the hull was possibly hit by a torpedo. The following morning, Sixpack awakes feeling sick, with lesions throughout his back. The doctor is unable to offer any explanation for why Sixpack ended up like this. He asks the computer for an opinion, and it respondes with a "guess", suggesting "genetic alteration." Sixpack dies eight hours after first feeling sick, but the doctor and Beck hide the news of his death to avoid a panic amongst the crew. Beck and Thompson understands that something strange is happening related to the Leviathan. The question is how they can stop it...

In the wake of "The Abyss" this Alien/The Abyss/The Thing rip off came out a year later. Directed by George P. Cosmatos and with a pretty ok ensemble this is, well a lot better than "Deep Star Six". Itīs a claustrophobic B-horror piece that as said rips off all sorts of things from the mentioned movies, but I reckon thatīs ok in my eyes. I reckon the minus is the (as in "Deep Star Six") creature in the movie, which is maybe a bit too campy and not so well made (even if they worked pretty hard on it from what I know). At least when reseeing it so many years later. Had forgotten about the lovely Amanda Pays and nice to see Lisa Eilbacher as well. Not too bad, but not overwhelmingly great either.
April 13, 2013
Okay it's been done before and will be done again but I think this film has a charm of it's own....the shots of the ocean seen from inside the facility work really well and the miniature/model work was excellent....it was nice to see Amanda Pays pop up in a lead role and there's some great 80's quality one-liners to push it across the line...it does get a little silly towards the end but..c'mon... 80's!
½ April 12, 2013
yoooooooooooooooo this movie is great forget what these dipshits are saying!!!!
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