Top critical review
Very atmospheric, but poor ending
on 8 March 2015
This film is difficult to rate. Parts of it were brilliant, the acting of the 2 boys was excellent, and the whole film was very atmospheric. The relationship between father and his two sons was very intense and it hooked you in and kept you wanting to know where it was going to go. The problem was, it didn't quite go anywhere, or not in the way the film was described. "A mesmerising thriller" written on the cover was not how I would have described this film, expecting either the father or the boys to be murdered at some point, which tends to be what a thriller is, I was very surprised when death finally came it was accidental. There was also a mysterious box scene, where the father was seen unearthing an old box he must have hidden a long time ago and hiding it on the boat, at some point I thought this would be explained as it was shown to the viewer, but it never was. I probably would have rated it higher had the thriller description not made me expect something different and had I not had this feeling that as a viewer I was being left out of crucial details, like why was the father back? where had he been? why so hard on the boys? and what was in that box!