Friday, February 09, 2007

Iron Island (2006)

Terminally vague allegory disguised as standard Iranian neorealism. The problem is that the allegory (Iranian society is a rusty sinking ship!) doesn't really go anywhere interesting or even achieve a measure of clarity until the last ten minutes or so, leaving the film to coast on atmosphere and ill-defined conflicts. There's a notable sequence near the end involving a punishment that's worth seeing (the dangers of pridefulness seem to be another concern of the director), but most of this is insubstantial. I'm busy forgetting it already.

Grade: C+


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