Saturday, May 2, 2009

"Maelstrom" (2000, Dir: Denis Villeneuve)

An effective, charismatically directed thriller with a tour-de-force lead performance from Naomi Watts lookalike Marie-Josee Croze. The directorial "quirks" - the rapid-fire editing, 'mood' photography, symbolism and the fact that the film itself is narrated by a fish - might turn off some viewers, but I thought it was great fun and, ultimately, unexpectedly moving.

Grade: B+

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