The Sea Inside movie review, Alejandro Amenabar, Javier Bardem, Belen Rueda, Lola Duenas, Mabel Rivera, Celso Bugallo, Clara Segura, Joan Dalmau, Alberto Jimenez, Tamar Novas, Francesc Garrido, Jose Maria Pou. Review by Jeffrey M. Anderson
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"THE SEA INSIDE"
("Mar adentro")

** stars
125 minutes | Rated: PG-13
LIMITED: Friday, December 17, 2004
Directed by Alejandro Amenábar

Starring Javier Bardem, Belen Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Mabel Rivera, Celso Bugallo, Clara Segura, Joan Dalmau, Alberto Jimenez, Tamar Novas, Francesc Garrido, Jose Maria Pou



 INTERVIEW LINK
Read our interview with NAME Alejandro Amenábar (2001)


 COUCH CRITIQUE
   SMALL SCREEN SHRINKAGE: 30%
   WIDESCREEN: RECOMMENDED

Slow pacing won't translate well to TV. You'll need to give the film your undivided attention.



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  • Alejandro Amenábar
  • Javier Bardem


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    Dying with dignity is the cause célèbre of 'The Sea Inside,' but where's the indignity in this biopic?

      by Jeffrey M. Anderson
      (Combustible Celluloid)

    After creating from scratch two breathtaking metaphysical thrillers in a row -- "Open Your Eyes" and "The Others") -- writer, director and composer Alejandro Amenábar's return to the big screen is rather disappointing: "The Sea Inside" is little more than a routine disease-of-the-week biopic.

    Javier Bardem ("Before Night Falls") gives a tour-de-force performance as quadriplegic Ramón Sampedro, who, after 30 years in bed, wishes to die with dignity, but the film never shows any indignity. In fact, his life looks pretty good under the circumstances. He has beautiful women -- a lawyer (Belén Rueda) and a local woman (Lola Dueñas) who was inspired by Ramon's television appearance -- fawning over him, and a book of his poetry has just been published.

    Amenábar manages one great scene in which Sampedro argues with a wheelchair bound priest, sending a messenger up and down the stairs with sacrilegious pronouncements. Otherwise the movie wishes only to make a soapbox stand about whether or not humans have the right to decide our own deaths, and never comes to terms with the how or why. It's very simple and streamlined, and all that's left is Bardem's bid for Oscar glory, emoting from his bed using only his eyes and his voice.

    Not to worry, though: Amenabar provides plenty of flashback footage of the young, healthy Sampedro so that audiences can get a glimpse of the shirtless Bardem strutting on the beach.






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