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March 6, 2015

Sea sick!

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 9:37 pm

March 06, 2015

Cast: Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton, Jake Abel

Director: Brian Falk

Against the Sun is the latest entry in the ‘ocean survival movie’ genre, which includes such superior films as Life of Pi, the Robert Redford starrer All is Lost, and even the recent Angelina Jolie-directed biopic Unbroken. Based on a true-life ordeal of three Navy airmen who crash-landed into the Pacific just weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1942, this film follows a familiar narrative while plodding along lethargically in what frankly feels like real time.

Stuck on a tiny raft for as many as 34 days with no food, water, navigational equipment or even a flashlight, pilot Harold Dixon (Garret Dillahunt), bombardier Tony Pastula (Harry Potter’s Tom Felton), and radioman Gene Aldrich (Jake Abel) bicker, bond, and occasionally blame each other, all the while struggling to survive violent storms above and hungry sharks below.

Aside from the typically overwhelming visuals of those stretches of gleaming blue water, there is little to admire in this film that is handsomely mounted but lazily scripted. Director and co-writer Brian Falk sticks to a predictable story arc, and it all unfolds so unremarkably you’ll have trouble staying awake.

I’m going with two out of five for Against the Sun. Sadly, this ship has sailed.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)

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