Solemn Bravery – The Deep


This week, I’ve tried to catch up on some films from around the world, which included Iceland’s Oscar entry The Deep.

The film was released in UK cinemas back in Summer of this year after being picked up by Metrodome distribution last year. The director, Baltasar Kormakur, has since go on to direct pictures in Hollywood, including this years 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, and Everest, a film currently in production for 2014 starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin. Anyway, The Deep is a fantastic film that depicts a true story of an Icelandic fishermen who survives over 6 hours in the freezing North Atlantic Ocean waters. It is a Perfect Storm set-up, a crew of firsherman go out in the big sea and their boat capsizes (in this case, the incident is for a slightly different and more naive reason). This event surprisingly happens within the first thirty minutes of the movie, what story could be left to tell?

It is an intriguing one and well constructed despite common critique. Gulli, our protagonist, is a solemn but brave character and he is convincingly played by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. There is a profound subtelty to his psychology, his remorse in not explored in depth, but is nonetheless apparent. He isn’t interested in the miracle his body has performed, or the press interest gained by it. He is a local Icelandic fishermen, born and bred, and that is his wish. A rather comforting scene, is when Gulli visits a recent widow of the incident to tell her that her husband had a peaceful and painless death.

This film is a great undertaking by the Icelandic film industry and it has surpassed the epic sea adventure that is expected, it has become a far greater and globally figured film of love, loss, loneliness, omnipresence and myth.

Watch the trailer below:


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