Sea Fever – Drama
Category – Movie
Content – Siobhan, a young scientist, has to join a Irish fishing trawler to study and document the anomalies of sea life. From the moment she steps on the boat and takes off her hat, showing her red hair, she is seen as “bad luck” from the entire crew. Bad luck or not, the vessel heads out on its sea adventure. When the captain strays the boat off course, they drift into a restricted blast zone and become stuck. Since Siobhan is a deep sea diver, she is told to go see why the boat is stuck. And she dives into the water, she finds a type of giant squid-like animal that has attached its tentacles to the boat, rendering it helpless. After some inquisitive investigation, they discover this strange sea creature has infected their water supply on the boat. An odd accident leaves a crew member with a severely injured hand and starts to act very weird. When his eyes burst out of his head, the crew can see parasites in his blood. This is when the movie takes a horror type turn, when Siobhan realizes that they all might be infected due to the water. She disables the boat (to the extreme anger of the rest of the crew) to self-quarantine them. This movie was an intriguing watch, with sci-fi and horror elements added in right at the perfect time. It will keep you guessing and wondering…Who survives these parasites and who doesn’t? This scores a 8 out of 10.
Acting – Movie veterans Connie Nielsen and Dougray Scott are solid, they are definite assets to this movie. But the acting ability of Hermione Corfield, who plays Siobhan, is outstanding. I must admit, I had to look her up on IMDB and see that she has been in prior movies, but has never stood out to me before this one. Hermione is gripping and compelling as the knowing young scientist that pushes for humanity. She was exceptional in her role and I applaud her for it! The rest of the ensemble cast are all great! Score is 9 out of 10.
Duration – As this movie is only 95 minutes, it flows well with the elements of drama, action, sci-fi and horror. You will not get bored, on the contrary, you are intrigued to see what happens next to this crew. This gets a 9 out of 10.
TOTAL INDEX for Sea Fever – 26 out of 30.
Recommended Watch – Yes, this is a surprising intelligent film that you can really get into!
Honorable mention This is director Neasa Hardiman’s directorial Feature debut – Excellent job! I now can’t wait to see what she has coming up next!!!