Nothing Sci-fi about this film, slows time to a pace that makes watching paint dry a joy. Really just film of people on ships doing ship things, and phone calls to home that seemed to be out of sync. Seeminly endless pictures of pipes. This ithe most boring film I have seen, I opened a couple of tabs on my browser and looked up stuff, but I had to watch the last 13 mins which was the longest 13 hrs of my life.
That quote from Peter Bogdanovich, I think, comes to mind : ‘If you don’t see a film on a big screen, you haven’t really seen it. You’ve seen a version of it, but you haven’t seen it.’ Whilst I don’t fully subscribe to that view, I should certainly like to experience ‘Dead Slow Ahead’ in the cinema, on a big screen.
The cinematography is outstanding through its simplicity - the views are majestic, eerie, weirdly dreamy and hypnotising. Some of the images are truly beautiful, and the way the shots are put together with the incredible sounds creates a unique sense of calmness but also lonely uneasiness. These fragments of the life of a freighter (yes!) without narration result in an interesting surreal/abstract vibe. Amazing work!
This movie is simultaneously mesmerizing and nauseating in the Sartrean sense. The cinematography, combined with audio that adds to the sense of being isolated within a floating island of pipes and machines, filled me with despair even as I couldn't turn away. It is disconcerting to be aesthetically pleased by shots of refineries and the inhumane interiors of ships of unbelievable size. Gave me a sense-giddy dread.