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Thursday, 18 July 2013

Films - The Deep - directed by Baltasar Kormákur

Star rating - 7/10

If there is one surefire antidote to the tremendous heat were are currently experiencing, then it is The Deep - a film about a fishing boat capsizing in the freezing North Atlantic sea off the coat of Iceland. In some ways not a lot happens in director Baltasar Kormákur's watery offering. Based on a true story, a close knit group of fishermen from a small village leave one unremarkable night for a regular fishing trip in a battered old trawler.

But when their nets become tangled up on rocks, and their boat disappears beneath the stormy seas, one of their number, Gulli, finds himself alone and miles from shore or help. He manages to defy all odds and swim miles to find land, his spirits kept from flagging by a circling sea gull who keeps him company. And this normal, slightly obese guy, finds himself the focus of scientific tests to find out just how he managed to survive.

The scenery and dramatic seascapes captured in the film are wonderful. And Ólafur Darri Ólafsson is impressive as Gulli, who doesn't want any fuss or special treatment, just to be left alone to grieve his dead colleagues. 

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