|THE DEEP (DJUPIO) (director/writer: Baltasar Kormakur; screenwriter: Jón Atli Jónasson; cinematographer: Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson; editors: Sverrir Kristjansson/lisabet Ronaldsdottir; music: Ben Frost/Daniel Bjarnason; cast: Olafur Darri Olafsson (Gulli), Johann G. Johansson (Palli), Bjorn Thors (Hannes), Throstur Leo Gunnarsson (Lárus), Thorbjorg Helga Thorgilsdottir (Halla), Walter Geir Grimsson (Raggi), Stefan Hallur Stefansson (Jon), Theodur Juliusson (Foreldrar Gulli), Maria Sigurdardottir (Gulli), Gudjon Pedersen (Erlingur Prófessor); Runtime: 95; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Agnes Johansen/Baltasar Kormakur; Metrodome; 2012-Iceland/Norway-Icelandic & English, with English subtitles)|
filmed on the sea for the first half,
the pic is powerful. Problem is when it
goes ashore for the second half it loses
some of its power."
by Dennis Schwartz
writer-director Baltasar Kormakur
("Contraband"/"Everest"/"2 Guns") bases the
fisherman survival tale on actual events that
occurred off Iceland’s volcanic Westman Islands in
1984. It's co-written by Jón Atli
Jónasson. While filmed on the sea for the first
half, the pic is powerful. Problem is when it
goes ashore for the second half it loses some of
pic is good at capturing everyday life in a fishing
community. Also its visuals are strong in capturing
the hero's fight for his life in the sea. The acting
might not be magnificent, too stagy, but the realistic
atmosphere is grand.
end credits, the real Gulli is interviewed from his hospital
REVIEWED ON 9/29/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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