Sea Fever: Film Review

Sea Fever

Sea Fever is a horror about a mysterious infection that might hit a little too close to home for some during these quarantine times, but if you can stomach the theme right now, it’s a pretty entertaining, if unoriginal, movie.

The film follows marine biology student Siobhan (Hermione Corfield), who joins a fishing crew, lead by Gerard (Dougray Scott) and Freya (Connie Nielsen), on a trip to the West Irish seas as part of her research. The routine excursion turns into something much more sinister when the trawler gets marooned at sea and a mysterious parasite infects their water supply, infiltrating the entire vessel and the crew.

You will know the beats of Sea Fever very well if you’ve ever seen films like Alien, Prometheus, The Thing, and The Abyss, for example. While the setting is different and it’s still thrilling waiting to see who is infected and who will be next, it’s too similar to alien/parasite invasion movies that have come before to be properly gripping and tense and borrows too heavily from them to feel particularly original or unpredictable.

It doesn’t help that Sea Fever, written and directed by Neasa Hardiman, has a rather thin script so you don’t have a great deal of information about the key players. Siobhan is likeable enough in that she’s socially awkward, not there to make friends and is focussed on her studies, and she takes control of the situation and suggests solutions thanks to her biology knowledge. Omid (Ardalan Esmaili) is equally smart and likeable, so you know which characters the audience are supposed to warm to. Scott looks the part as a gruff, weary fisherman but has a very questionable and inconsistent Irish accent.

Despite its unoriginality and flimsiness, Sea Fever feels timely and does have some entertaining and gruesome moments so it is a perfectly serviceable horror, even if it offers no surprises.

Available on Blu-ray and Digital HD from Friday 24th April

Rating: 2.5/5

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