Review: The Last Voyage of the Demeter


Title: The Last Voyage of the Demeter
MPA Rating: R
Director: André Øvredal
Starring: Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, Liam Cunningham
Runtime: 1 hr 58 mins

What It Is: The Demeter is a ship that’s been tasked with a non-stop voyage. Any deviation from their route, any stop and the bounty is forfeited. The captain of the Demeter is Captain Eliot (Cunningham) as he looks for seafaring hands willing to take this voyage he encounters young doctor Clemens (Hawkins) who gets to go along for the voyage. But whatever they’re transporting seems to contain some sort of unknown evil.

What We Think: Talk about a borefest. At no point in this meandering mess was I captured by what was going on. Liam Cunningham is really out here trying to bring some of that spark that he brings to the screen here. It just isn’t working. Corey Hawkins for his part is also out here trying but the material is so lackluster, so middle of the road that there isn’t much to want to digest let alone rally around. For their part the special effects team is doing good work with the overall look of the Dracula creature. It’s all a little too dark of a look. You can’t really see what is actually going on. Not that any of it is interesting anyway.

Our Grade: D+, I did not like this film. It did absolutely nothing for me. I can’t really recommend the film because there’s no reason to. If you’re a horror fan this doesn’t offer enough tension or terror, if you like pirate movies (such a niche) then like…maybe. Otherwise this is a really disappointing entry into the Dracula lore with an absolutely STUPID ending that might lead to a stupider sequel. God I hope not. But as we know about Hollywood…money talks.

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