Director: Chris Graham
Cast: John Rhys-Davies, Kerry Fox, Sally
Stockwell, Amber Sainsbury, Tamer Hassan, Craig Hall, Julian
Arahanga, Lawrence Makoare
RunTime: 1 hr 51 mins
Released By: UIP
Rating: M18 (Violence and Coarse Language)
Official Website: www.theferryman-movie.com
Opening Day: 25 October 2007
A group of twenty-something's charter a boat to Fiji
for the trip of a lifetime. Becalmed and trapped on a still,
fog-filled ocean, the tourists respond to an SOS signal and
innocently go to the rescue of what they think is a fellow
sailor - a sick and dying man. Little do they know the man
they've picked up, is an evil spirit who has been cheating
death for centuries plying a self serving trade of broken
bodies for new ones over many centuries.
"...but the Ferryman is a stranded ship of a film tossing
in the raging seas, waiting to lure unsuspecting and ill-discerning
viewers who dare to risk its fare of cheesy, standard issue
B-grade sexual horror overtures."
Its hard for anyone to justify giving a positive review to
The Ferryman. Objectively, critically, there is little much
to be said about this Australian film that is a slasher cum
horror cum body-swapping, demon haunting film that reeks of
straight to DVD material. It pained me to watch it - it should
pain most discerning movie viewers. John Rhys-Davies is the
key oarsman- the only big star in this film and he does a
huge effort trying to restore some semblance of credibility
to the movie. Rhys-Davies is the Greek, a man who wields a
mythical blade with which he kills his victims and sacrifice
them to a grim-reaper like character in order to cheat death.
Ferryman is shot sufficiently well, yet seemingly film school
production video at times. The actors and actresses possess
distinctly strong Oceanic accents (Australian/NZ), it someone
annoyed me a little. Authenticity needs to be balanced with
production value - Ewan McGregor's Scotsman accent in Trainspotting
was clear, impactful and colourfully enunciated, the actors
in this film even look like they're from an 80's slasher flick.
Anyone who's read my reviews know I'd gladly say the integrity
and quality of my content guarantees any half-decent film
receives a appreciative, close examination and discerning
recommendation. The Ferryman simply can't justify itself.
opening fight scene takes place on a yacht amidst tossing
seas and giant waves, a thunderstorm illuminating the scene
- the only light source. In overly jarring bright flashes-
it was so extreme epilepsy warnings should be included- I
was disturbed enough not to even feel bothered to figure what's
going on. The scene is a microcosm of what's wrong about the
whole film- you know before hand what is going to happen and
its worsened by the film not even trying to make you want
to anticipate and be engaged. The usual content fills the
film - the holidaying group of five discover a hand within
a shark they catch on the high seas to Fiji, setting of a
whole train of disturbing events leading to their discovery
of the shipwrecked Rhys Davies. Rhys Davies's character the
Greek then proceeds to attempt to decimate the entire crew
in attempt to "cheat death".
premise of the conflict is simple enough to catch but disturbingly
convoluted to understand, yet doesn't try to make sufficient
sense. One knows how a film becomes lackadaisically scripted
when basic understanding of the premise runs up to a paragraph.
Simply put, the Greek's ship hides amidst fog in the sea both
to hide from the grim reaper and to lure unsuspecting victims.
Upon boarding our holidaying protagonist's ship, he proceeds
to kill one, a strapping Maori of a man, before demanding
the ship return to shore as soon as possible. Presumably to
escape the reaper. Due to the fog, the ship captain refuses.
In the resulting mess the Greek proceeds with carnage (goodness
knows why) and remains trapped in the high seas leading to
a messy end.
screaming, yelling, B-grade torment that floods this film,
we see a bit of sexual insinuation that seem inseparable from
ridiculously disappointing horror flicks. One of the main
female characters eventually strip at the LAST scene, in a
setting that's probably the least likely scene to warrant
nudity. A bid to save the film? Terrible.
only decent thing about the film probably is the presence
of panning shots of Australia/New Zealand/Fiji and even then,
you probably could just catch an advertisement clip. Like
Delta Goodrem's Tourism Australia clip. Ok I digress, but
the Ferryman is a stranded ship of a film tossing in the raging
seas, waiting to lure unsuspecting and ill-discerning viewers
who dare to risk its fare of cheesy, standard issue B-grade
sexual horror overtures.
(Row me away, to the banks o' River Styx,
for death awaits me more honourably then a sorrowfully disappointing
Review by Daniel Lim