RICH REVIEWS: The Lighthouse
BAFTA-award winning supernatural thriller THE LIGHTHOUSE, starring Michael Jibson (Hunter Killer, Beauty and the Beast) and Mark Lewis Jones (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, “Game of Thrones”), hits theaters and VOD this July.
“A dark and disquieting journey into the heart of madness” (Starburst), the film, inspired by a terrifying true story, tells of two men trapped in an isolated lighthouse, surrounded by the deadly Irish sea, with both their minds ultimately pushed to the limits.
Directed by Chris Crow, and nominated for five BAFTA awards including Best Director and Best Actor, winning Best Visual Effects, THE LIGHTHOUSE opens in select theaters July 6 and VOD July 10.
TRAILER – YOUTUBE
Mark Lewis Jones … Thomas Griffiths
Michael Jibson … Thomas Howell
Ian Virgo … Company Man #1
Nathan Sussex … Taylor
Gerald Tyler… MacDonald
Stephen McDade … Fisherman
Joshua Richards … Jones
Jason May … Company Man #2
Charles Curran … Men In Mist
David Shillitoe … Men In Mist
Nick Pratt … Sailors In Tavern
Rein Adamson … Sailors In Tavern
Gareth Whieldon … Sailors In Tavern
Dave Constant … Sailors In Tavern
Ian Davies … Sailors In Tavern
Ben Bennett … Sailors In Tavern
Adrian Lloyd … Sailors In Tavern
Greg Mothersdale … Company Man 3
Fred Brooks … Sailors In Tavern
Jordan Wallace … Men In Mist
Guy Osborne … Rowers
Toby Hammond … Rowers
Tim Edwards … Cox
Fiona Franklyn … Rowers
Dai Parsons … Sailors In Tavern
Stephen Mckenna … Sailors In Tavern
Steven Jones … Sailors In Tavern
Tim Holmes … Sailors In Tavern
Ed Buchan … Sailors In Tavern
David Lloyd … Men In Mist
Gerard Ginestier … Rowers
Jefon Lewis … Sailors In Tavern
Edward Fletcher … executive producer
Paul Higgins … executive producer
Steve Jenkins … executive producer
Michael Jibson … associate producer
David Lloyd … producer
Gwawr Martha Lloyd … executive producer
Greg Mothersdale … line producer
Adam Partridge … executive producer
Run Time: 1 hr, 33 min
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Comments: This movie is based on the true story of the infamous Smalls Island Incident of 1801.
The film starts out quietly as the two men settle in. They do not talk but go about their job of lighthouse keepers. They do start talking eventually but at first only to themselves. It is weird since they are the only two people at this lighthouse on the Island. Finally, they do talk to each other just not much.
A storm rages around the Island cutting off the two men. They are trapped on the Island. The two men especially the head lighthouse keeper finds the other getting on his nerves.
The two men do end up bonding in a way as they relate their lives stories and the hardships they have endured. They fight, drink and bond. Both of these men are tough in both body and mind.
The entire movie is way too dark making it hard to see the two actors clearly other than a very brief moment at the start. Near the end, it is almost a completely black screen. Plus the talking at a lot of times is hard to make out what they are saying you really have to concentrate.
The two actors do put a lot of emotion into their acting. But the story is almost impossible to follow.
The atmospheric setting works well enough. The music fits perfectly. The hanging song at the end is nicely done.
For a true story, the idea and concept are great it just needed to be delivered better.