Excerpt: It feels somehow wrong to describe Leviathan as a documentary. While it certainly documents a real-life situation, it’s so lacking in context, and so keen in its focus on action rather than explanation, that it is closer to a recreation of an experience than a retelling of an event.
Excerpt: Leviathan is fascinating, beautiful, awe-inspiring, haunting and, ultimately, rather boring. It is not so much that the visuals become less incredible as the film goes along, it is more that they increasingly come to lack purpose.
Excerpt: Using photography that defies the wet, windy, turbulent, listing life at sea, this ship experience off the coast of New Bedford, famed 19th century whaling seaport, takes the viewer into the bowels of worker hell.
Excerpt: The kinetic pacing lends Leviathan the air of a sea-faring action flick, while the off-kilter perspective of the low resolution cinematography turns the film into an experimental art piece; regardless, this film is one hell of an experience, hell being the operative word.