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Director:
Writer:
Sjón Sigurdsson (writer)
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Release Date:
4 September 2009 (Iceland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Hunting humans in the cold Icelandic waters See more »
Plot:
An epic tale about a group of whale watchers, whose ship breaks down and they get picked up by a whale fisher vessel. The Fishbillies on the vessel has just gone bust, and everything goes out of control. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great Title. Terrible Movie. See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Pihla Viitala ... Annette

Nae ... Endo (as Nae Yuuki)
Terence Anderson ... Leon
Miranda Hennessy ... Marie-Anne
Helgi Björnsson ... Tryggvi
Guðrún Gísladóttir ... Mamma
Stefán Jónsson ... Siggi
Aymen Hamdouchi ... Jean Francois
Snorri Engilbertsson ... Anton

Gunnar Hansen ... Captain Pétur

Thor Kristjansson ... Bjorn (as Thorvaldur David Kristjansson)
Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir ... Hannah Traschle
Carlos Takeshi ... Nobuyoshi
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir ... Helga
Hanna María Karlsdóttir ... Signy
Guðlaug Ólafsdóttir ... Asa
Miwa Yanagizawa ... Yuko
Kristinn Agust Fridfinnsson ... Larusson
Björn Eriksson ... Prisoner
Bengil Montero ... Cleaning Lady
Sigurdur Fridriksson ... Captain of Coast Guard
Þorsteinn Gunnar Bjarnason ... Coast Guard
Sigurgeir Petursson ... Guardsman
Jón Páll Eyjólfsson ... Husband
Telma Björk Fjalardottir ... Stewardess
Rúnar Guðbrandsson ... Middle-Aged Man

Ingibjörg Reynisdóttir ... Heavily Made-Up Woman
Ívar Örn Sverrisson ... Young Man

Ingvar Þórðarson ... Himself (as Ingvar H. Þórðarson)
Sandra Tordardottir ... Young woman
Þorarinn Jonasson ... Dog Owner
Hólmsteinn Ossur Kristjansson ... Twenty-something Guy
Reynir Alfred Sveinsson ... Fighter (as Reynir A.)
Hjalti Ursus Arnason ... Bouncer
Gudni Finnsson ... Band Member
Ervin Shala ... Stockbroker
Alexandra Björk Elfar ... Barely Legal Girl
Bjarni Grímsson ... Photographer
Birna Olafsdottir ... Kissing Girls
Þorbjorg Osk Eggertsdottir ... Kissing Girls
Bjarni Gautur ... Headbanger (as Bjarni Gautur Tómasson)

Directed by
Júlíus Kemp 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sjón Sigurdsson  writer

Produced by
Mike Downey .... producer
Gisli Gislason .... producer
Jukka Helle .... producer
Katy Moylan .... associate producer
Markus Selin .... producer
Sam Taylor .... producer
Ingvar Þórðarson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson 
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Noël Mustonen 
 
Film Editing by
Sigurbjorg Jonsdottir 
 
Casting by
Medina Aijikawo 
 
Production Design by
Eggert Ketilsson 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel Newton 
 
Costume Design by
Maria Valles 
 
Makeup Department
Alma Ösp Arnórsdóttir .... assistant makeup artist
Áslaug Dröfn Sigurdardóttir .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Birna Paulina Einarsdottir .... unit production manager
Katie Shahrokh .... post-production supervisor
 
Art Department
Davíð Örn Arnarson .... stand by props
Thorfinnur Karlsson .... carpenter
Emil Petursson .... head carpenter
 
Sound Department
Arni Gustafsson .... production sound mixer
Dan Johnson .... dialogue editor
Arran Mahoney .... sound effects editor
Jeremy Price .... sound effects editor
James Shannon .... dolby consultant
Nigel Squibbs .... sound re-recording mixer
Björn Viktorsson .... adr recordist: Reykjavík
 
Special Effects by
Haukur Karlsson .... special effects supervisor
Johannes Sverrisson .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Simon Kilroe .... visual effects artist
Rick McMahon .... compositor
Lewis Saunders .... compositor
Anthony Webb .... compositor
 
Stunts
Valdimar Jóhannsson .... stunt coordinator
Reynir Alfred Sveinsson .... fight choreographer (as Reynir A.)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sigurdur Bahama Magnusson .... lighting technician
Geir Magnússon .... gaffer
Freyr Líndal Sævarsson .... lighting technician
 
Editorial Department
Mike Andrews .... digital film technician
Tim Drewett .... digital film technician
Höskuldur Ketilsson .... assistant editor
Justin Lanchbury .... di film consultant
Magnús Torfi Magnússon .... assistant editor
Gareth Parry .... on-line editor
Gemma Townsend .... digital intermediate technician
Tim Waller .... senior colorist
 
Other crew
Disa Anderiman .... line producer
Bjarni Gautur .... production assistant
Atsuko Sato .... script supervisor
Ragnar Snorrason .... production assistant
Freyr Líndal Sævarsson .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Bjarni Gautur .... thanks (as Bjarni Gautur Eydal Tómasson Scott)
Barack Obama .... special thanks
Ólafur F. Rowell .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Harpoon" - USA (DVD title)
"R.W.W.M." - International (English title) (promotional abbreviation)
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MPAA:
Rated R for bloody violence, language, some nudity and drug use
Runtime:
90 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Australia:R | Australia:R (2013) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #45744)
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Trivia:
Initially promoted as "Iceland's first splatter-film!" but after the first weekend in local theaters it was advertised as a thriller and the original tagline changed.See more »

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22 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Great Title. Terrible Movie., 19 May 2010
Author: Mr Saxon from United Kingdom

Around twenty minutes into this movie I started to wonder if "Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre" was meant to be a dark comedy. After all, how could this be a serious horror movie when it included scenes such as a traumatised woman singing Björk's "It's Oh So Quiet" over the loudspeakers of a ship whilst a tragedy occurs on the deck? Or the moment in the movie where the scene suddenly changes to a group of people discussing their love for whales? But if it's a comedy, where are all of the scenes designed to make you laugh - or at least smile? It's almost as though the scriptwriter was as confused about the movie they were making as I was about the movie I was watching.

Obviously "Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre" is a homage to the far superior "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" - the original Leatherface (Gunner Hansen) even shows up here. However, everything that "Texas" did right, "Reykjavik" does wrong and then some. The victims here are some of the most one-dimensional stereotypes you could ever assemble from the loud, drunk Frenchman to the Japanese tourists with their camera gear, and none of them are particularly sympathetic or appealing. The only exception is a young black American man (portrayed by an actor in serious need of accent training) whose sexuality prompts one of the most unrealistic dialogue exchanges i've heard (and that's before you take into account the fact that this exchange takes place whilst the two characters are running for their lives from insane whalers). I'm not even sure who was supposed to be the main character in this movie which shows how problematic the story was.

This already unsteady boat is further sunk by gaping holes in logic which will leave you scratching your head in disbelief. For example, early in the movie we're introduced to a character whose presence seems to indicate that our victims have been lured into a trap. However, their fate actually has nothing to do with him but rather an unfortunate (and highly unlikely) accident. This is indicative of the poorly written script in which strangers suddenly and inexplicably relate their life stories to one another merely for the purpose of giving the audience some back-story, or act out of character to set up a specific plot point (see the crazy sequence of events which begins with the line "Your father was a real kamikaze!" for evidence of this).

There is only one death scene that is of any interest and the villains aren't terribly memorable. Whilst it's exciting to see a slasher movie emerge from somewhere other than America, I can't recommend "Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre" due to its many, many flaws. You would be advised not to waste your time and to instead watch a movie like 2006's "Severance" which manages to be both funny and frightening - two things which "Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre" completely fails to be.

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