(15) Running time: 94 minutes
Reviewed by: Matt Wavish, official HCF critic
This is a film for fans of Open Water, which i personally thought was excellent. Adrift is a powerful and very emotional movie which uses the awful situation to the max and the fact that it’s based on actual events makes it all the more terrifying. I had to keep asking myself, what the hell would I do in that situation, would I just give up hope?
The cast are all excellent and the fact that no one famous is in it makes it that much more real and that’s the key point to this film, as with Open Water, it’s made to look REAL. There’s no special effects, no huge Hollywood style explosions, it’s like your there with them and there’s nothing you can do. The camera work at water level is very effecting to the point where you really feel what the unfortunates are feeling, and the music works well to add a real sense of menace. Unfortunately there are no shark attacks, or any attacks apart from a small ‘nip’ at the beginning, but being a true story I think it’s great the director has stuck with what it’s based on and not added any gruesome attacks just to impress the less patient of movie goers.
Powerful, desperate, moving and deeply unsettling this is a film for an adult audience who don’t just want popcorn thrills but something a little more special, made with more patience and understanding to the situation, go see it.