Madness on the high waves off the coast of Iceland with Whale hunters turning their attention to a group of tourists on a holiday boat to see Whales in their natural habitat.
The film jumps all over the place with actors and characters from every ethnic background with all sorts of slight sub plots, many of which just don’t tie up. There’s a sailor who rapes a girl for no reason really, who afterwards just hops in a boat and sails off. For the most part, this is Hills Have Eyes on sea with murder in every possible sense. I didn’t get though, that for most of the film, people are running and hiding on a boat which isn’t too big really; making phone calls and casual chats, even a romantic moment. Strange. A great scene has a crazy captain blast a harpoon into the sea after a Chinese business man; brilliant moment in the film. There’s also a really good effect with a crowbar type device, thumped right in the face of a tourist.
It all looks good, some beautiful cinematography from Jean Noel Mustonen, with great performances all round. Gunnar Hansen makes a brief appearance which gives the film some credence in its attempt to shoot Chainsaw in the Ocean. It’s good and enjoyable, but not as straightforward as it should have been. There’s some kinda side story with a bloke pretending to be physically challenged who strikes a deal with a Chinese woman who pretends she can’t understand English. What was that all about? There are also issues around the only survivors fighting each other.
The other crazy bit for me too, which some might enjoy, was at a low point when the boat is floating aimlessly before the crazy folk attack, one of the girls starts singing Bjork’s ‘It’s oh So Quiet’, although it’s a great touch over the end titles with a cover version.