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Reviews: Leviathan (2013)

leviathanReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: The prow of the boat, slicing through the waves, suggests the Leviathan as a metaphor for earth, a neverending journey of labor and death and those that scavenge at its edges.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • 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.
  • Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: A wholly original sensory experience, a once in a lifetime documentary experience that transcends the medium and revolutionizes the form.
  • [New – 12/12] | Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • 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.
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • 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.
  • [New – 12/12] | Don Simpson @ Smells Like Screen Spirit
    • 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.
  • Sam Turner @ Film Intel
    • Excerpt: ‘It’s not that Leviathan is wanting for imagery willing to work at lulling you, as much as it is that there’s no substance behind the lullaby.’
  • Ron Wilkinson @ MonstersandCritics.com
    • Excerpt: One of the sparest documentaries ever produced, this film takes the audience into the very heart of mechanized food production.
Updated: July 10, 2015 — 9:07 am

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