The Deep
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A Norwegian fisherman survives a shipwreck at sea, and wrestles with the guilt of being the sole survivor while being celebrated as a national hero in this affecting drama based on actual events. Iceland, Westman Islands: 1984. Gulli (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) and his crew of seasoned seamen welcome a new cook into the fold before sailing out to sea on what appears to be a typical fishing excursion. With a chill in the air, the crew casts their nets into the frigid waters in hopes of netting a big catch. But when the net gets snagged, the boat capsizes, plunging the terrified crew into the icy,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Kormakur's film suggests that the enigma of Gulli can somehow be found in his peasant humility, his connections to his community."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Director Baltasar Kormákur filmed on an actual trawler, which he sank, and its authentic-looking scenes will leave you shivering and reaching for a cardy."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Dedicated as it is to 'Icelandic fishermen', you'll never look at a fillet of prime cod in the same light again."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"A beautiful-looking tale of survival, which is both harrowing and uplifting in equal measure."
‑ , Sun Online
"[An] eerie, sad, unflinching film."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"Even knowing the outcome ... doesn't diminish the intensity and awe of watching it recreated in this deftly framed docudrama by prodigious Icelandic auteur Kormakur."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"...the film is rarely, if ever, as captivating as one might've expected and/or hoped."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's an unexpected but provocative direction by Kormákur, who's placed himself in exactly the right elements to make this masterful film."
‑ Manori Ravindran, National Post
"What is extraordinary about Gulli is how ordinary he is."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"The film's gorgeous, nearly monochromatic visuals, haunting sounds of nature at its cruellest, and rare, appealingly anti-heroic storyline should entice a large chunk of viewers."
‑ Howard Feinstein, Screen International
"Baltasar Kormakur's latest is a touching, low-key depiction of an incident in which a fishing boat sinks a few miles from shore."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"Imagine, if you will, Life Of Pi without the paddling zoo animals or aesthetically-pleasing tropical backdrops."
‑ Stephen Carty, Flix Capacitor
"[Gulli's] story's pretty remarkable. But this film achieves a real kind of lonely magic when he's bobbing on the waves under the night sky, talking to a gull."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"This story of survival is bizarre, inexplicable, and true."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"It's all a pretty obvious metaphor for the icy plunge that the Icelandic economy took recently, but is none the worse for it."
‑ Kate Stables, Total Film
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