Review: Sea Fever – The most relevant film of 2020

person Cuslifolder_openNexusaccess_time April 13, 2020

Next PostPrevious Post Posted by Adam Truscott on Apr 13, 2020 in action, All, drama, Film, Headline, horror, Reviews, sci-fi, thriller | comments

Every so often you watch a film that’s just made for you. sparse…. Stalking every cast member on IMDb – Hermione Corfield, Connie Nielsen, Dougray Scott, Ardalan Esmaili, Olwen Fouéré, Jack Hickey, Elie Bouakaze – for what else they’ve done. Sure, a few episodes of Casualty and Holby City (all the big names), then…. I’d urge you to go looking. It would be unfair, as Sea Fever takes many of those films best elements and gives them a 2020 evolution. Obviously, at the moment that’s more than likely in our own homes, in the most uncertain of times. I never thought I’d find a gem on the western coast of Ireland. The film uses all of this to its absolute maximum. If I’m honest, the trailer gives too much away, so I’d steer clear. It makes it all the more remarkable. Let’s just say that being stranded at sea on a fishing trawler, hours and hours away from the coast of Ireland is a pretty remote state of isolation. In a year, when all of our lists are going to look a little…. They’re all here, writ large. Each and everyone is fantastic to a man — or more importantly, a woman. Without saying too much, it’s impossible to believe this film was made pre-COVID-19. It would be unfair to focus on the fact that Sea Fever takes from some of my favourite films – Alien, Jaws, The Thing, Event Horizon and Danny Boyle’s work. Sea Fever is currently out in the USA on Digital. this? It hits the UK on 27th April 2020. So I dived in. All the big names. Lean and mean. Yet here we are. I saw the trailer, reached out to some of my learned film friends on twitter and the film was as good as the trailer looked. A new lease of life. Themes of quarantine. To the point where it’s Director — You can tell immediately she’s female, based on the attention to detail on our lead, and little touches that I’m just not sure would’ve been captured with a male at the helm — is only listed as making one film. Sea Fever is my new favourite film of 2020. In amongst it, there’s some solid gold, some of which would not necessarily benefit from the big screen. A spin that makes them horrifically modern and relevant. The film is competent, confident, and best of all, compact. Now, it’s one of those films that you’re better off knowing as little about as possible. Themes of going places you shouldn’t have gone in the first place, then dealing with the consequences. When the credits roll, we’re sub-90 minutes. The film is frustrating me this morning, as IMDb has little to nothing in it. Yet as the release schedule for films shifts and slides we need to make the best of a bad situation. Much like the fantastic, & criminally underseen Underwater, this film is lean. Themes of sacrificing your own freedom for the greater good. Sea Fever, written and directed by Neasa Hardiman, is the epitome of that type of film.

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