A review of the DVD Against the sun, a movie based on a true story of survival.
Against the sun, starring Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton and Jake Abel is an astonishing movie! How can watching three people stranded in the middle of nowhere for 100 minutes be so captivating? Simple, the performances and the ingenuity of the plot are out of this world.
During World War II, an American aircraft carrying a pilot, a bombardier and a radioman, crashes in the middle of the South Pacific. Despite their training they can’t stop most of their gear from sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Left with a minuscule life raft, no food or water, and not even a map to guide them, they face impossible odds. As it’s wartime, there will be no extensive search and rescue, they are basically on their own, not far from enemy territory.
This is a harrowing true story. They were strangers and had to fight against storms, sharks, starvation and each other. You can only imagine what you would do facing similar situations.
All three actors pull off absolutely amazing performances in this movie. Their surroundings are very limited and it shows their talents and charisma. The movie reminds me of Unbroken, but it manages the same impact with only three characters and a fraction of the budget of Angelina Jolie’s film. I found Against the sun really powerful and even more so because you know that the story is based on real life events.
Tom Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, is unrecognizable. One word: brilliant.
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