Mermaid: The Lake of the Dead
An aquatic nymph falls obsessively in love with a man and wants to have him with her forever in her underwater kingdom, where she is doomed to spend eternity.An aquatic nymph falls obsessively in love with a man and wants to have him with her forever in her underwater kingdom, where she is doomed to spend eternity.An aquatic nymph falls obsessively in love with a man and wants to have him with her forever in her underwater kingdom, where she is doomed to spend eternity.
Part of me was a little disappointed watching 'The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead'. Not because of it being awful, actually don't it is that at all, but because there was room for it to be so much more than it turned out to be. It is nowhere near close to being a waste of time but it had potential to be great and it just wasn't. Instead of falling into either extreme of loving or hating 'The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead', for me it was one of those films that left me mixed and where there was a lot of pondering needed to sum up my thoughts on it.
Will start with the good with 'The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead'. Much of the film looks quite good, with locations being a mix of beautifully dark and charming and the photography has a good deal of atmosphere. As does the audio which unsettled without being obvious and fitted tonally and in placement. There is an eerie tension and the mermaid is both ethereal and creepy.
Viktoriya Agalakova is a heartfelt Marina and Sofia Shidlovskaya enchants and chills. The visual acting is better than average.
It is such a shame however 'The Mermaid: Lake of the Dead' has too many short-comings too on top of those major strengths. While the visual acting was not an issue, the same cannot be said for the dubbing which had nowhere near the same amount of emotion seen on screen, didn't fit (Ilya came over as an irritating character as a result) and it sounds awkward. It actually would have been better just having it said entirely in Russian and having subtitles. There was an eerie, dark eerie tension and heart in much of the film but towards the end the logic becomes sloppy to the point of ridiculousness and the finale was impossible to take seriously, pure nonsense. Parts are repetitive too and in a predictable way too.
Do agree too about the jump scares. Excessive in number and use, added absolutely nothing, none of them were surprising, none of them were scary, they were just cheap and predictable and just cheapened an atmosphere that was already quite effective without them. The special effects looked as though they were made in a rush and as an afterthought, didn't see the need for them here (am seeing a pattern here, one of pointlessness regarding a few components).
A mixed bag overall. A fair bit impressed but there were frustrations too that could easily have been avoided. 5/10
- Oct 22, 2019