Drama / Romance / Thriller
Drama / Romance / Thriller
In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, a Scotsman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance.
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June 11, 2018 at 12:43 AM
Emotional and mesmerizing
Absolutely beautiful movie, the chemistry between Dani and James is intense and transcends the screen. If you expect that classic Hollywood romance, with the regular cliche dialogue this is not the movie for you, because it's not impressing because of it's action, it's a truly emotional connection between two people that love each other. Not to mention James McAvoy incredible acting.
Haunting and mesmerizing
Submergence is a delicate, melancholic yet thrilling modern poem about love set in our imperfect and violent world.
Despite featuring a male spy (named James !) , a young woman and bad guys ( in this case jihadists) the story takes you to the opposite direction of what a James Bond movie would.
James (played by James McAvoy), the english/ scottish spy, appears as a real modern guy not afraid to show himself both strong and vulnerable who once being held captive by the terrorists will rather try to talk and exchange with those people rather than act like the usual avenging caucasian spy.
The two parts experienced by his character are a good way for James McAvoy to display his wide range of emotions alterning between charming, loving and then fighting not only to stay alive but also mentally sane when he's litterally and physically facing darkness.
In a time period where women are proudly depicted through strong characters in cinema, Danny (played with so much subtility by Alicia Vikander) appears as one of those woman.
While you first see her in control and focusing on her job, after falling in love without even being prepared to it, she'll soon struggle, when James without explanations stops answering, to achieve her job goals yet holding to them and her feelings until the end.
The construction of the movie is interesting as it alternates between now and then, the first part mostly focusing on their incandescent romance encounter in France while the second goes back and forth alternating between James and Danny's journey as if their minds were connected and kept echoing to each other despite the distance.
Submergence being an adaptation of the book by JM Ledgard it's great to see how Wim Wenders managed to adapt it into a movie without betraying its essence while adding his personnal touch. The movie feels more human and more tender and because it's more tender the violence of the world feels even more terrible than in the book.
Yet if the terrorism subject frightens and/or repeals you, the way Wim Wenders managed to recenter the story on love and the forth and back structure of the second part should make it easier to watch as it soothes the pain, when we see James being so awfully tortured, to have those moments delivered little by little with more calming and introspective scenes with Danny in between.
Some last words on the beautiful cinematography with stunning landscapes wonderfully completed by a haunting soundtrack that makes this movie worth going to see in cinema even if the theme wouldn't appeal to you !
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It didnt work for me.
I watched it at G?teborg film festival som days ago. I really wanted to like this but its just didnt click for me.
The actors fail to sell the love story, they dont connect on the screen and that technobabble from Alicia Vikanders character doesnt make it better.
Two parallell stories at once. For this to work the love story need to be sold, but it just doesnt work. I dont belive it when the main characters get outburst, the reaction feels to theatric and it becomes a make belive reaction for show.
To really make the terrorist look bad and evil they put in things that just oversell the evilness of the terrorist. Yes I get it, they are the badguys but it becomes a bit to much.
Sorry. I really wanted to enjoy this but it didnt work for me.