Friday, February 3, 2017

Now on Netflix: The Submarine Kid (2016)

The Submarine Kid (2016) - Directed by Eric Bilitch; Written by Bilitch and Finn Wittrock; Starring Wittrock, Jessy Schram, Emilie de Ravin, Nancy Travis, Jack Coleman.

By Kenny Howell

A young soldier returns to his small town after a tour overseas and has trouble adjusting back to his old life in this drama.

Finn Wittrock plays Spencer, a Marine who experienced extreme trauma while in combat. He has trouble settling back into his old life with his family, friends and girlfriend, played by Jessy Schram, until he meets a new girl (Emilie de Ravin) while working at a bookstore. She breaks him out of his shell and reinvigorates him.

However, the PTSD affects him too much, and his relationship, no matter how much it brings him back to life, is possibly headed for destruction. The title refers to a small town fairy tale of sort about a boy who got so obsessed with being underwater, he trained himself to hold his breath longer and longer until one day he disappeared in the lake.

The metaphor is a bit obvious but effective, though the rest of the film doesn't hold up with it. It bounces around from reality to what is inside Spencer's head. It can be a bit dizzying for the viewer, though I think that is probably what they were going for. The guys that play his friends can also be a bit much, as it is like getting stuck with annoying, loud teenagers in a movie theater when they are on screen. Nobel effort, but not quite on target.

The Submarine Kid is now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: **1/2

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