Film review: The Deep

Posted in Film, Reviews
By Sam Bathe on 12 Jul 2013

The remarkable true story of a fisherman, Gulli (Ólafsson), when after his crew’s boat capsizes off the south coast of Iceland, must fight through the unrelenting cold to make it back to shore or face certain death by hyperthermia or drowning.

Equally harrowing as it is a touching tale, while the scenes out at sea lacked a little terror, the acting is superb, with lead Ólafur Darri Ólafsson unsurprisingly standing out as you really feel like you’re stranded out at sea.

At a tight 95 minutes, the final act ‘warm down’, with scientists attempting to explain how Gulli was able to last so long out in the freezing cold water was a n ice idea, with this sort of film normally closing with the rescue, The Deep feels refreshing and original, with director Baltasar Kormákur set for big things in the future.


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