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Anchored by powerful work from Susanne Wolff, Styx provocatively depicts mankind at war with itself and the natural world -- and argues our best weapon is compassion.



Total Count: 36


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Rike--40, a doctor from Europe--embodies a typical Western model of happiness and success. She is educated, confident, determined and committed. We see Rike's everyday life, as an emergency doctor, before she fulfills a long-held dream and sails out to sea alone in her sailing boat. Her goal: Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. But her dream holiday is quickly broken off on the high seas, when, after a storm, she finds herself near a stricken fishing boat. Around a hundred people are about to drown. Rike follows maritime law and radios for help. As her request is going nowhere, she is forced to make a momentous decision.

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (11)

  • It's a vital, highly intelligent movie that is both a first-class thriller and a biting commentary on our current world.

    May 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Olly Richards

    Time Out
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  • The outcome is bleak. Powerful, potent cinema.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Fischer literalises the turbulence we're now navigating, and asks some stern questions of our moral compasses.

    Apr 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • It is a nautical yarn about the haves and the have-nots, using the microcosm of the Asa Grey to explore social, economic and political dilemmas that are the neglected responsibility of us all.

    Apr 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "Styx" mixes the inherent danger of man versus nature with man's callous indifference to man, managing to be both eternal and contemporary in its concerns.

    Apr 19, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Wolff is never less than mesmerizing in this role, which demands a performance that is, at times, more physical than emotive.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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