Movie Review – Deadrise (2011)

Movie Review - Deadrise (2011)Paula, (Renee O’Connor) an inspector for the Historic Trust, wraps up a successful and important project in the upper Midwest. On her way home to Chicago, she gets a call from her office and is asked to check out a new applicant. It’s on her way anyway, and even though it’s late on Friday, she takes a quick detour and heads to the site of once proud steamship along an industrial waterfront. The ships 400 foot black form looms against the sky, and collects dead fish in stagnant water near the pier. Moments after her arrival, her car is seriously disabled and her life is about to change forever. In the chaos that follows, she meets up with the self appointed caretaker, Vigs (Larry Joe Campbell) who is the odd caretaker on the ship. Making the best of a bad situation, she takes him up on his offer to spend the night in one of the cramped but historic staterooms. He invites her to dinner and bad beer. She gets sick from the food and retires to her room to sleep, but is awakened constantly by startling and compelling commotion that leads her to all points on this dark and frightening ship. In the end, she discovers the truth about herself, and her life will never be the same.

Just got done watching Deadrise and I am still not sure what to think of it. It is an ultra-low budget film pretty much focusing on two lead characters. I doubt that I will ever watch it again, but I cannot say that I entirely hated it. It had its moments although its moments were few and far between. Some scenes were downright creepy, but for most of the film you had Paula, played by Renee O’Connor waking up from a dream.

Vigs (Larry Joe Campbell) was a rather intriguing character and the main source of the creepiness of the film. He played a great role. Outside of Campbell’s performance though, the film became downright repetitive and annoying.

Deadrise kept you guessing the entire film, which can be a good thing sometimes, but when you begin to question why you are even watching a film, that is not a good thing. That happened to me quite a few times throughout viewing this one. Without a doubt in my mind, this is going to be a film that a lot of people will not have the patience to finish. If you do finish it, prepare for the cliche ending.

  • Jackie Mitchell

    Deadrise sucked. It went on endlessly with the protagonist, Paula, waking up over and over from bad dreams. It was repetitive, monotonous and in the end, pointless. I went over multiple scenarios in my mind about what was actually going on in this movie, but no explanation made any sense. Bottom line is, this move just didn’t make any sense. I was actually angry at the conclusion because it led me on in a protracted, futile hope that only led to the ultimate disappointment of more senselessness.