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Tue Oct 13 2009It’s déjà vu all over again for the heroine of Chris Smith’s mind-bending psychological thriller, which marks a quantum leap forward from ‘Creep’ and ‘Severance’. During a weekend sailing trip, a freak wave capsizes Greg’s yacht, forcing him, single mother Jess (Melissa George) and a group of his friends to board a passing ocean liner. Onboard the mysteriously empty ship, all the clocks have stopped, the ‘Shining’-like corridors are spookily silent, and Jess has an uncanny feeling that she’s been here before. Then a hooded figure starts hunting them down and killing them one by one. Shotguns are fired, fire axes are wielded and bodies pile up on the decks. Fiendishly constructed, this plays like a dark, disturbing ‘Twilight Zone’ episode. Events repeat themselves but are subtly different each time, so we share, as well as observe, Jess’s spiralling sense of dislocation. Melissa George’s fearless, credible performance grounds the madness in a moving emotional reality, even as her sanity is lost at sea.
Author: Nigel Floyd