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Legends of the Deep: A TIFF Review of ‘Sea Fever’

September 15, 2019Britany Murphy

In writer/director Neasa Hardiman's feature directorial debut, Sea Fever, the audience is faced with two chilling realities: the depths of the ocean, and what can happen when humans do not respect the environment that surrounds them.

Before departing for an expedition, a fishing trawler's crew is joined by a science student named Siobhán (Hermione Corfield), whose job is to observe and make note of any irregularities or strange things that might be affecting the crew's catch. However, when the boat becomes stranded in an exclusion zone, and the risk of sea fever begins to set in, they quickly realize that they have gotten more than they bargained for — for there is something that lurks deep beneath the waters.

A film that warns about the ecological impact of humankind, as well as how little we truly know about the ocean and what lies in its depths, Sea Fever is a sci-fi thriller that's about more than just what lies on the surface.

Sea Fever makes its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Its runtime is 1 hr. 29 min.

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