Siren (UK - DVD R2)
Marcus hears a distant song and ends up stuck on an island with some jerks...
When a group of friends decide to get away from it all on a boat trip they find themselves lured towards a strange island and a mysterious young woman, whose song entrances them all. Now Rachel (Anna Skellern), Ken (Eoin Macken) and Marco (Anthony Jabre) fight to escape the deadly girl, but getting off the island may prove harder than they thought.
Siren is like eating revels. For the most part it’s all going well but once in a while you will get a weird flavour or a harder bit to chew than you were expecting and it reminds you the whole isn’t as good as you thought it was. What starts as a fairly typical prospect of Ken and Rachel meeting up with Rachel’s old boyfriend for a boating trip (not too much tension there then) soon begins to fall flat as the acting, dialogue and more so the delivery the dialogue is atrocious across the board. Every line feels like a heavy handed way of giving us some back story we simply don’t need to get what’s going on. Stuff like “Haven’t seen you since college” or “It’s good your boss let you borrow his boat” or “You’re the one that got away” are dropped on us with a massive thud, especially with the British accents from the cast and other than being quite happy taking in Anna Skellern’s good looks, I wasn’t enjoying this at all.
Then we get our first run in with the island and a foreign guy they pick up dies on the boat and the intrigue set in. It’s not all that compelling but when we meet Silka (Tereza Srbova) and the movie’s title starts to come into play I got a little more involved. Seducing the three friends, Silka is one of those baddies that doesn’t do a lot except look a bit mischievous. She drops her song on them, makes everything go a bit trippy and then stands in the distance a lot luring the group apart. Sure, there’s a pretty bloody way of killing people with her shrieks but generally she looks like a perfume advert with her hippyish good looks.
Siren was one of those movies I knew was a bit flat and unexciting but still went along for the ride. Nothing was all that new and there was nothing that threw a curveball on the mythology of The Siren, and really all of the characters were thin, annoying and typical but again I still enjoyed it for what it was: a slow burning spooky story with some slightly disturbing twists and turns and a bunch of pretty people losing their minds.
What's initially impressive with this transfer are the bold colours. Blue skies are bright and beautiful, the sea is dark and sparkly and Rachel’s red dress in the opening erotic role play with her lover pops off the screen in an impressive fashion (and it wasn’t just because Anna Skellern looked so good in it - promise).
All of the bright, grain free good looks remain in the open sea and on the island scenes with nice details, plenty of skin textures and noticeable changes in facial colour pigments as the characters get more flustered. The only change of gears is the trippy hallucinations. Blacks blast out causing a grainier image and the colours turn up the heat to offer up a patchier more dreamlike appearance to the visuals. The transfer here is a good one, albeit a pretty straight forward one and there are no obvious issues with it at all.
For the most part the Dolby Digital 5.1 track is straight forward with dialogue in the fronts and tonal score in the rears but the freakier the movie gets the more playful the track gets. The hallucination scenes mix things up a bit and add a stronger bit of bass and the search for Silka in the woods bring whispers dotted all about the speakers to creep us out. There’s also the odd bit of atmosphere with natural sounds and a tension building ticking from time to time. Again it’s a serviceable track but never does anything to really impress.
The only extras here are five deleted scenes clocking in at about nine and a half minutes in length.
Siren was an easy watch with little in the way of real highlights. Catch this in the middle of the night and it’d be easy to get pulled into but throw it on hoping for a memorable horror and it will only disappoint. The disc looks fine and has a serviceable audio presentation but with nothing beyond deleted scenes the extras let it down a little.
Review by Marcus Doidge
Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over
Release Date: 24th June 2011
Disc Type: Single side, dual layer
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo English
Extras: Deleted Scenes
Easter Egg: No
Director: Andrew Hull
Cast: Eoin Macken, Anna Skellern, Tereza Srbova, Anthony Jabre
Genre: Drama, Horror and Thriller
Length: 76 minutes
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