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A voyage from New Zealand to Fiji aboard a large sailboat seems to be a perfect holiday until a mysterious mist appears on the second day and a distress call is picked up on the radio. Going to the aid of the ship in trouble the yacht comes across a drifting fishing boat, and find one lone survivor. When this man is taken aboard the yacht strange events begin to happen and people start acting as if they were not themselves. Written by
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Passable but kinda disappointing boat set horror thriller
I had expectations built up slightly higher than usual as I sat down to watch this, given the solid reviews from some of the more notable commenters here. The plot and set up are fairly solid but it fails to make best use of them. Three couples travelling on holiday by boat pick up a mysterious stranger from a ravaged ship and so begin a round murder and body jumping connected to Charon, the ferryman of souls from Greek mythology. There is a lot of potential here but the film conspires to fluff things from the start. An important bit of exposition at the start is badly fumbled by having a little girl whisper it rather than a decently audible narrator or just text. This makes the supernatural events less easy to follow and hence less compelling. Also the pace is a bit slack, with a lot of character development that isn't that interesting. The characters aren't especially likable or memorable and so the wait for things to hot up isn't that engaging. Fortunately the acting is pretty solid, with b movie veteran John Rhys Davis effective as ever as the mysterious stranger and some more star power provided by Kerry Fox (Shallow Grave) and Tamer Hassan. Hassan is the most entertaining of the cast since he speaks and acts in a pretty similar fashion to his roles in earthier films like The Business or The Football Factory, thus bringing a nice element of unpretentious, direct and engaging grit. The rest of the cast are OK and most get chances to shine with Craig Hall, Sally Stockwell and Julian Arahanga all getting good moments. Still, though the actors keep things afloat, the direction isn't claustrophobic enough to make best use of the cramped setting and apart from a couple of OK moments there is a lack of scares, tension or shocks. The film has a spot of violence and some mean spirited behaviour but is unfortunately lacking in gore. Also, because of the fumbling of the premise, the finale ends up being pretty silly. Original but still silly. At the end, though I've seen far worse, I wasn't over-impressed by this. Its more appreciated by others here and it has its effective moments, but I would suggest approaching with care.
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