Harpoon (2019) - 'Harbouring Grudges & 'Nauti' behaviour. 'Sea What I Did There?

Directed By: Rob Grant, Written By: Rob Grant & Mike Kovac, Starring: Brett Gelman, Munro Chambers, Emily Tyra & Christopher Gray.

At ReelHorrorShow, we like our comedy to be pitch black, and they don’t come much darker than Harpoon.

Harpoon is a delightfully twisted tale from director Rob Grant (no not the bloke behind Red Dwarf).

Three best friends find themselves stranded on a yacht in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The seeds of mistrust have already been sown between the group, as Richard (Christopher Gray) suspects that his girlfriend Sasha (Emily Tyra and best mate Jonah (Munro Chambers) may have been getting jiggy with it behind his back.

Jonah's overly enthusiastic toilet unclogging backfired spectacularly.

The animosity takes a brief respite as the gang realise that having no food or drinking water onboard, they must band together and figure out how to stay alive. It isn’t long before the aforementioned animosity rears its ugly head once again and things take a darker, more sinister turn. Will they all make it out alive or will they, as a group, self destruct?

I don’t want to answer any of these questions because to do so would rob you of the experience that I had with this film. I fortunately went into it knowing nothing other than a good word of mouth and consequently, I had a wonderful time with it.

Harpoon is a brilliantly scripted movie and when it’s funny, it’s hilariously funny. When it’s dark, it’s twistedly dark. Plus, there are many violently bloody moments to satisfy the gorehound in us all.

The performances are first class from the three main leads. They shift from conveying the horror of their situation to delivering the comedic dialogue with convincing ease.

Their plight keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the movies duration and like all the best black comedies out there, you find yourself laughing at things you really shouldn’t find funny.

Harpoon manages to find the funny in some pretty horrible situations.

"And this is how Elvis stole my karate moves."

Brett Gelman (Stranger Things, Mr Mercedes) lends his voice as the narrator, giving the film a witty edge over other films of this type. Narration can be a harmful plot device sometimes (Blade Runner, I’m talking about you), but it works in this movie’s favour. I found it to be a clever addition.

Grant finds the perfect balance between comedy and suspense. The straw, pulling scene, is a great example of switching from belly laughs to having the audience hold its breath in anticipation of the outcome.

The movie’s main flaw is its twist. If you’re paying attention, you can see it coming a mile away. It’s not enough to spoil the movie and as twists go, it works, but it isn’t as big a surprise at you would hope in a film that’s so consistently great.

Harpoon is a great movie and deserves to find itself a cult audience in the same way as films such as Heathers (1989) and countless other dark comedies have managed over the years.

Give it a watch. It’s well worth your time.

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