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Lifeboat (2018)

Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night. LIFEBOAT puts a human face on... See full summary »

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Skye Fitzgerald

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Aisha, Miriam
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts pushing off from Libya in the middle of the night. LIFEBOAT puts a human face on one of the world's greatest contemporary global crises and provides a spark of hope surrounding how civil society can intervene in the refugee crisis in a meaningful way. Written by SF

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Another Case of Politically Current, Lengthy Preacher Projects
28 February 2019 | by unclesamsavageSee all my reviews

Upon a first viewing, Lifeboat put me to sleep. There is so much appeal to the pathos here that I could not find it in myself after a long day to sit through it. There is hardly any explanation in this short. Rather, it follows Jon Castle, the captain of a ship helping Sea Watch, who save migrants fleeing Africa and the Middle East for a better life in Europe across the Mediterranean Sea. The endeavor is noble and honorable. I really did admire some of his quotes about the heart and helping other people. However, the whole movie felt too long for its subject matter. There are many shots and scenes I felt did not need to be included. Had the film been pared down to, say, 15 minutes, it may have been more easily digested. I got the idea of how serious the situation was when I saw the figures on the screen and a few of the interviews. It was a shame to see how they were living and trying to cross the Sea. The film did not compel me to take action in any way, though. It merely told me about a topic I have already seen so many times in news headlines. I would call this movie passable.


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