Overly earnest but engaging.
That Neelam was a medical doctor before becoming a filmmaker gives his picture its exceptional impact and complexity.
| Original Score: 4/5
The acting here is surprisingly even and Neelam rarely betrays himself as a newbie behind the camera. For a local indie film, this Ocean is smooth indeed.
A provocative, well-acted and moderately heartfelt drama that suffers from lack of bite and boldness while resorting to oversimplifications, facileness and contrivance.
| Original Score: 5.75/10
Ocean, smoothly directed by Sarab S. Neelam, mostly comes down on the side of tradition and, like Amrit, is dutiful and virtuous. And, like him, it's also a bit too well mannered to make a strong impact.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ocean of Pearls is, underneath the gross sentimentality, racist and shameless, and it might be dangerous if it weren't so forgettable and on-the-nose.
| Original Score: 1/4
Rest assured that all is resolved with a minimum of muss, fuss and imagination.
It sounds heavy-handed, and it is. Although the film looks professional, it feels like a soap opera with a message. High marks for good intentions, but that's about all.
| Original Score: 2/4