words that come to mind are visceral and raw. Extremely disorienting, it feels like you've been captured by an alien spacecraft and you wake up, all drugged up and probed or whatever, and you're trying to make sense of what's happening to you.
Or better yet, it feels like you're being BORN. You hear weird sounds, everything is dark, you're under water, then all of a sudden your senses are overwhelmed by all these bright lights, you see objects and hear sounds you've never come across before, it's scary as shit, you think everything is dangerous. And if you're a fish, it is. That's basically where the movie takes its name, Leviathan as this giant force of Nature, of destruction, that eats you, slashes, grinds and chews
you up, then spits you out. And if that's God at the helm, wearing a wifebeater and a cigarette hanging from his mouth, he doesn't seem to give a damn.
I didn't really get it. Don't get me wrong, I respected what the directors were doing, and I understood why, but it didn't work for me. Even though much of the what was happening visually was captivating and I could respect how experimental it was, I didn't enjoy any of my time in this world. There definitely are some moments that will stick with me for a long time, but I don't know that this is the mark of a good film. I'll never forget Winter's Tale either.
The long shot of what I assume was the skipper's eye was at first interesting as you saw how weather-beaten these guys are, but after the 3rd minute of it, I wanted to shout "come ON next shot please!"
I'm not a fan of the over-fishing of our oceans and the waste that gets thrown back in, and I could stomach the very visceral shots of the fishes being gutted in a squelchy close-up pageant of flashing knives and gore, but by the time I got to the part where beautiful rays were having their "wings" cut off while still alive, and the long underwater shot of starfish and coral floating carnage as a result of drag-netting, we quit and went for some food - although not at a seafood restaurant, I hasten to add ;)
At one point in the movie I got the giggles because I thought that if my boyfriend and I took our GoPro out down Great Yarmouth at night and paid a fisherman a tenner to give us a ride, we could have made the same movie.
In some ways I wish more people could see this movie because it may put them off fish for life, and in turn help preserve our dwindling fish stocks. If you want to see a decent film about fishing, check out "The end of the line".