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The Surface (2015)





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A chance meeting in the middle of Lake Michigan forces two desperate strangers, each on the brink of disaster, to confront their worst fears in The Surface. Mitch (Sean Astin) begins this day with a visit to his mother, confined to a nursing home with dementia, before motoring out to sea in his late father's 70's era boat for a journey to the center of Lake Michigan. As he settles in for what he envisions as a solitary final ride, Mitch's vessel collides with the wreckage of a small plane, knocking off his propeller and stranding him in the midst of the vast body of water. As the tiny boat drifts, Mitch discovers Kelly (Chris Mulkey), the plane's pilot, still clinging to the debris, and pulls the severely injured man out of the water. Instead of being grateful, Kelly is angry and suspicious, treating his rescuer like an adversary and aggressively protecting a mysterious backpack. Out of cell phone range and taking on water, the two men begin to reveal their real reasons for being on the lake that day. As they confront the secrets and sorrows that brought them there, they find inspiration in one another's struggle to survive. (C) eOne

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Critic Reviews for The Surface

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

This is the sort of film where you enjoy the cast even though the running time becomes a bit of a snore.

Full Review… | May 14, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"The Surface" has such fine performances in it from Mulkey and Astin that you wish the filmmakers had trusted them more, letting them bring the film back to shore on their own.

Full Review… | May 14, 2015
Madison Movie

The film is a true two-hander-and Astin and Mulkey are mostly up for the task-but inept storytelling sinks the picture faster than anyone can bail it out.

Full Review… | May 13, 2015
The Dissolve

Here's a four-word review of "The Surface": Go see "The Surface."

Full Review… | October 30, 2014
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for The Surface


A few touching scenes and nice music, but mostly poor acting, wooden dialogue, and unintelligent. The trailer stitches every tiny action clip together to make a drama seem like a thriller, and there is no tense storm rescue like in the cover pic. There's not even a storm! Dishonest cover pic and dishonest trailer. The trailer doesn't even mention the main theme of the movie - dealing with personal crisis. There are no 'worst fears' confronted as in the description and no struggle to survive. They sit in a boat talking on calm water for less than a day with plenty of food and water, even alcohol. Lazy movie-making and dishonest hype.

James Halas
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