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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Presents a difficult conflict around infection/contagion. Some characters want to save themselves and make their way to a hospital, but others insist that sacrificing their lives and quarantining is the only way to stop the sickness from spreading and infecting others.
Positive Role Models
She's depicted as shy and socially awkward, but Siobhán winds up overcoming her fears and trying to save the day; her focus is on saving the world at large (by quarantining the unknown sickness), even if she must sacrifice the trawler's small crew. She's depicted as smart, a gifted student of marine biology, and brave.
Violence & Scariness
Dead bodies. Lots of blood and gore in some scenes. Gory wounds. Stabbed eyes, eyes exploding. Characters die. Hand caught in winch. Bloody cuts. Jolts, crashes on board ship. Punching. General tension and terror.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple briefly flirts and almost kisses (they're interrupted).
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Strong, fairly frequent language includes uses of "f--k," "f--king," "bastards," "hell," and "idiot," plus exclamatory uses of "Jesus Christ," "mother of Jesus," and "Christ."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Background cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sea Fever is a sci-fi horror movie about a mysterious sea creature that invades a fishing trawler and unleashes an infectious parasite. It's a simple, well-made chiller with a strong, relevant message about what it means to quarantine, as well as a smart, heroic female lead. Expect several strong scenes of blood and gore, dead bodies, and characters dying. Eyes explode and are stabbed, a hand is mangled, and more. There's also some punching, general terror, and tension. Language is very strong, with many uses of "f--k," "f--king," "bastard," "hell," and more. There's some background cigarette smoking. A couple briefly flirts and nearly kisses, but they're interrupted. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This well-made sci-fi horror movie provides its share of prickly dread and mysterious creatures, has a smart female hero, and addresses interesting issues around quarantining. Written and directed by Neasa Hardiman, Sea Fever makes terrific use of its locations -- the small trawler and the surrounding ocean -- effectively moving back and forth between cramped quarters below and open spaces above. In establishing Siobhán as shy and antisocial, the physical space on the ship around her can become either oppressive or comforting.
Sea Fever is compact and tightly paced, with a clever, enigmatic use of its monster. It suggests more than it shows, keeping the intrigue intact. The interesting cast, led by veterans Scott and Nielsen, help keep things afloat in general. It sometimes feels like certain elements were cut -- such as the idea of Siobhán's red hair being a possible harbinger of bad luck, which is introduced and then never brought up again. Still, her character comes to life as she overcomes her fears to argue for quarantining the unknown sickness, while others panic and wish to return to civilization. It's a powerfully relevant message.
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