So Verarose and I had an opportunity even amid our quarantine state to be a part of a live stream premiere. The movie we watched is a small thriller called Sea Fever. It was an amazing opportunity, even if it was just online. We watched the movie then we were able to be a part of a Q &A session with the director and a few of the actors involved. It was a lot of fun to hear about the movie from the people behind it, except the only thing different is that instead of a special feature on a DVD it was live before the movie was even released to the general public. Such an interesting opportunity.
This movie was written and directed by Naesa Hardiman who has brought us the likes of Jessica Jones on Netflix and The Inhumans on ABC and stars a cast with incredible talent in Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible 2, Hitman, Snatch) Hermione Corfield (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mission Impossible- Rogue Nation) and Connie Nielson (Gladiator, Wonder Woman). There are only a few other characters in this movie because it takes place mostly on the small fishing troller and all the people that make up this cast do really good jobs. They do well to make this small world feel lived in with real people. It was a lot of fun to hear from the actors in the questions and answers, all of who were named above and were involved, about how their lives growing up impacted their roles. This movie is rated R and has a 95 minute run time. This movie goes a long way in a short amount of time and to give a positive critique right off the bat, doesn’t waste any of its run time.
The movie that we watched was again Sea Fever, it was about a young oceanographic biologist off the coast of Ireland joins a fishing troller to gather information. While she and the crew are on their trip the group comes in contact with an unknown substance in the ocean that after things begin to happen on the ship they fear for more than just their lives. From there they must answer the question, Do the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few? Haha
Along the same lines, especially for me being someone who loves these aspects of storytelling, it was cool to listen to the director go into detail her process of writing the story and choosing the cast and producing this film. I love reading screenplays because a lot of times you can see the writer’s passion behind the story, which can sometimes be lost when that story is given to a director and a team with their vision behind that same story. So it’s always pleasant to watch something that was written and directed by the same person to see that vision from beginning to end. Then to hear live from that person about their work, it is incredible to be a part of. I know I keep going back to that and I’m sorry but I love what goes on behind the camera and the people involved just as much as watching the film itself.
The scenes that were shot from an actual boat were well put together, the rest was shot in a studio with a full recreation of the ship. It all looks great and realistic and claustrophobic. They also do a good job picking and choosing where to and where not to use CGI over practical effects. So when the tension begins to build it really feels like there is nowhere for the characters to go. The chemistry between the characters is palpable. It is not without its shortcomings. In a lot of ways, it tries to be a modern sci-fi film like the movie Alien but falls short of the character story arc that was present in that film. As well all the characters have Irish ascents ( which is not a bad thing) but at times does make them hard to understand, and in a movie with little actual action, it relies heavily on the dialogue to continue the plot. That can at times make it easy to miss things. The story at times tries to be deeper and more convicting than the plot allows for, but you can’t blame them for reaching for the stars.
All in all, this was a perfect movie to live stream premiere and I was blessed to be a part of it. Would I go to the theaters and spend 20 or more for my wife and me, no probably not, but it was not a waste to spend 5 dollars to reserve my spot. As well, it was a pure delight to listen to the people behind the scenes talk about the roles they had in the movie. So now it is to the point when I have to recommend whether or not to watch… So I guess I’ll say unless you can find it on one of your 50 streaming services then I would have to say FORGET THAT MOVIE. If you are looking for something that will kill an hour and a half but aren’t looking for something too deep then yes, this movie will suffice, but outside those parameters, I don’t think this movie will live up to the expectations.
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