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I May Destroy You
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Entertaining film. Some nice actresses and actors. There is a slight disconjoinedness (a new word?) as we are not fully explained what the 'special powers' are. The 'Freaky Friday' element was not fully used, this could have been fun if it had. It sets itself up for a sequel in the closing scene.
It has a promising start. A young man has his dream of becoming a captain fulfilled and has to deal with a crew that he needs to win over. Throw in a girl fished out of the water who he needs to hide on board and you have some fine ingredients for a good film. However.. the acting was what let the story down. It was wooden, contrived at places. The gratuitous hints at nudity of a (no doubt) beautiful Zhu Zhu - Who has become a firm Chinese favourite after Cloud Atlas - didid nothing to the story, but to confirm why our captain was so infatuated. Surely was it not her intellect, her knowledge of Marine Ships or even her outstanding swimming ability.
That aside, the wary Chinese crew had some (intended?) slapstick moments as to which you could not help but cringe. Yes they made me chuckle, but it was not the film to have this in.
I found the best of the film in the pictures, the locations and the atmospheric photograpy. Very accomplished.