The first thing you need to know about “Request“As its title refers to any shark of the family Carcharhinidae – although no one in this film uses that term. The second thing you need to know is that no shark, request or otherwise, shows up for almost an hour to writer-director Le Van KietThe movie is 89 minutes long, which might have caused some impatient viewers to suspect they’ve been targeted with a bait and switch scam (sorry, couldn’t resist) and react by pressing contact. Continue to fast forward button.
Last, and arguably most important: It may be more of a sea-survival drama than a human-shark thriller, but “The Requestin” is largely satisfying as a hit Distract popcorn with a nifty gender-swapping approach to the tropes and stereotypes genre. Kiet lasts quite a bit of suspense throughout and proves once again, as he did in the well-received 2019 Vietnamese martial art “Furie,” that heartbroken fighters can die more often than men. Even male sharks.
Expansion setup provides for the main players Alicia Silverstone and James Tupper have plenty of time to create a deep interest in the main characters Jaelyn and Kyle, a couple dealing with an emotional breakdown due to the loss of their infant child in an attempt to giving birth at home in a bathtub went terribly wrong. We were introduced to them as they embarked on an R&R vacation in Vietnam (played by Orlando, Fl., in a daring selection,), where James rented an expensive “floating villa” – a well furnished cabin with a sea view but, as is often the case in movies like this, wifi is sketchy (at best).
Luckily, Jaelyn is able to phone her mother (Deirdre O’Connell) and sister (Jennifer Mudge) when she and Kyle visit a nearby town. But while they’re certainly happy to hear from her, Jaelyn’s family isn’t just worried about her mental state, let alone the pair’s choice of a vacation spot. Jaelyn is so focused on conversation and understands very little Vietnamese that she doesn’t notice the weather reports on TV about an impending tropical storm.
As it turned out, Kyle’s idea, not hers, to visit Vietnam – clearly one of many decisions he’s made for them in the past and continues to make after his dream vacation becomes a reality. bad circumstances. However, when she is not frightened by bad dreams and bad memories, Jaelyn tries her best to be a good sport, and really enjoys snorkeling, paragliding and doing other tourism. (It’s worth noting that Kiet very much avoids mentioning the decades-old discomfort associated with U.S. troops in the country, though he acknowledges a teenage war hero who stood up against the U.S. military. French colonization in the 1950s).
In the end, of course, that tropical storm appears to advance the plot. Jaelyn and Kyle wake up to find their “mansion” now a raft, floating a few miles from shore. Kyle was motionless with a wounded and bloody leg, but even that didn’t stop him from trying to make all of the decisions – most of them wrong – until Jaelyn finally started to stand up because self. One good thing she does: After Kyle is no longer able, Jaelyn has to do all the heavy lifting and crazy rowing, when the last claimants show up to annoy themselves.
Some dialogue in “The Requestin” is painful for the nose – “I could be more patient with your PTSD!” — but there’s a lot like what a long-married couple can say to each other, whether they’re healing old wounds or joking to allay fears. (“We are like the unluckiest couple in the world!”) Don’t get me wrong: Kiet isn’t trying to do “The Wedding Scene with the Sharks” here. But Silverstone and Tupper convincingly convey a much broader range of emotions than post-Jaws movies about fin predators and humans.
At the same time, Silverstone is also convincing bit by bit as she uses everything from large boards to outboard motors to scare away sharks. One advantage of watching “The Requestin” in movie theaters instead of on digital platforms: You’ll get to share in hearty laughs as she blurts out a line that can’t be contextualized without spoiling. joy: “Not today!”
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