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clichéd attempt to follow book, 5 August 2012
4/10

Very disappointed in this film. While following Conrad's novel quite closely in a new modern setting, it continually trips over in too self-consciously going for the "art shot" whenever possible. e.g All the main characters travel in boats by standing up at the bow - whether a cargo ship, or a little village canoe.

The acting is fine, as are the locations and cinematography.

However, the narrative is poorly developed. Conrad wrote a ripping yarn that explores another human fish-out-of-water situation. In it's place we get a pure art film that could have so much more. Perhaps my own bias shows as I was hoping for a more "Herzogian" treatment of a fantastic book.