Neasa Hardiman’s Sea Fever is in a very similar vein as The Thing (1982), Deep Star Six (1989), Leviathan (1989) and Harbinger Down (2015) but is novel enough that it’s it own thing.
It’s a very beautiful, thoughtful movie about what happens when good intentions go horribly awry and there’re no villains – monsters, Yes, but nothing that moves with any intent to do people harm.
Though it’s worth mentioning that when a shark attacks a person it’s not likely thinking about doing anyone harm either. Instead it’s just being a shark, which mens that if you encounter one you might be attacked or even devoured, but malice of intent has nothing at all to do with it.
It’s a pretty good movie though the problem is that you can’t tell that – or what it’s about – from any of the marketing.
Visually the poster looks vaguely similar to James Cameron’s The Abyss, and while they might have some similarities thematically, the movie aren’t really similar at all.
Then there’s the title. Sea Fever refers to, essentially, when people who are out on the water for extended periods of time, with minimal rest, supplies and human contact.
And they slowly go insane. This is the first explanation for the strange goings on, though there’re some things that you can’t blame on insanity.
It’s also a phrase that’s used in the movie, though it’s not terribly relevant in and of itself.
Though don’t let that stop you from seeing it because Sea Fever is a damn good movie and perhaps with a better marketing campaign – despite Covid-19 – it might have reached a larger audience.