Dead Sea (2014)

Last night I got my religious flick in for the weekend and I decided to dive into something in a different spectrum with my Monday evening viewing. While there were a ton of choices out there, I decided on the 2014 creature feature Dead Sea.

Plot/ A Marine Biologist is assigned to investigate the mysterious deaths of marine life in an inland salt water lake that have been attributed to a creature thought to have been the stuff of legend.

I went into this one knowing that it was going to be far from perfect. This low-budget indie flick definitely suffers from many of the flaws that plague this type of movie. What I will say is that there was some potential in there, but it seemed like there were multiple stories going on at one time and because of that diversity, nothing truly developed in a coherent manner. The acting is decent for the budget, the scenery interesting (although there were too many locations), and the decision to keep the creature out of sight worked. However, the lack of creature is also frustrating. Besides the incoherent scripting, the pacing is off, some of the camera work and filtration does not work, the characterization is all over, and there really is nothing new or memorable. In the end, I believe that if cut-down and formulated into a straight creature feature, this one has the potential to be more than it is in this incarnation. If you love creature features, you can give it a shot, just remember, you were warned.


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