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Film Review: The Deep (2012)

The Deep (2012). Co-written and directed by Baltasar Kormákur. Based on real events, the film is set in the 80s, initially in an Icelandic fishing village. It's the night before the trawlers go out, and most of the fishermen are at the local bar trying to forget. The following day the trawlers leave, early, with hungover fishermen. As they start fishing one of the trawlers snags a cable but they manage to release it. Some hours later it snags another cable and the winch jams. The captain of the boat is intent on not cutting the line as the nets are new, and following his stubbornness the boat turns over into near freezing seas. The Deep is a simple film - it tells a straightforward story with no particular airs and graces, painting what feels like a realistic picture of fishing life. The film feels more like a documentary, and there are some amazing sequences which had me wondering how they achieved them (but beware, this is not laden with special effects per se). If you enjoy a gritty retelling of an amazing story then this is for you. 4/5 (Good)
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