Find of the week: “Harpoon” (2019)

“Rivalries, dark secrets, and sexual tension emerge when three best friends find themselves stranded on a yacht in the middle of the ocean desperate for survival.”            – – IMDb

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I was hesitant at first due to the fact that this is a horror-comedy. I’m not the biggest fan of the sub-genre, although there are a few films out there that I do enjoy. This one included.

Harpoon is a film with a very simple story. Three friends are stuck on a yacht in the middle of the ocean and are looking to survive. For some reason, I was attracted to this film. Even though this is a horror-comedy, I am a huge fan of survival stories; some include Frozen, The Reef, The Descent.

Within the first five minutes, I was hooked. How it was shot, edited, written, acted, had me all in. It just felt unique and like something I’ve never seen before. It was refreshing. Richard (Christopher Gray) was my favorite character/actor. Richard’s girlfriend, Sasha (Emily Tyra) and best friend, Jonah (Munro Chambers) get him a harpoon for his birthday. So the three take the yacht for a spin so they can put the harpoon to use.

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Of course something happens, and the three friends are forced to make some tough decisions. Throughout the last half of the film there’s a fantastic balance of drama/comedy/horror. The tonal changes were abrupt, yet effective. I feel the viewer is supposed to be in the same mindset as these characters. After living on this yacht for days without food or water, they’re bound to act not normal. That’s exactly how I felt watching this.

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Something that did surprise me was the amount of gore. Once it started, it didn’t let up. The makeup effects were great and made me even cringe a bit. One of my favorite parts was the ending though, as the dark comedy reappears in a perfect way. It was an ending I didn’t know I needed until it happened. There are quite a bit of twists and turns that kept on coming. I just wanted to keep watching these characters interact because they’re so fun.

Also, Brett Gelman is the perfect narrator.

Rating – 8/10

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