Every once and a while a film completely off my radar falls into my lap and I end up enjoying the heck out of it. Harpoon was the latest film to do that to me. Starring Munro Chambers of Degrassi, and Turbo Kid fame, Christopher Gray, and Emily Tyra the film is a fun tension filled riot. Director Rob Grant crafted a tight well-paced film, with quiet a bit of humor with these three characters, and it’s a definite must watch.
Chambers plays Jonah a poor, jobless schlub of a guy who happens to be best friends (sort of) with a rich kid named Richard (Gray). The film opens with these two friends bonding over a beating. Actually its not so much a bonding. Richard is convinced his best buddy Jonah is sleeping with his girlfriend so he is doing what any good friend would do and giving him a beating. Sasha (Tyra) the girl in question breaks it up and convinces Richard nothing is going on between them and that they were just meeting to discuss a birthday gift they are getting him. That gift turns out to be a speargun. A really nice one at that. He is elated and decides to take everyone out on his family’s yacht, the Naughty Buoy.
They head out to sea but sadly the boat breaks down, completely. No radio, no phone signal, no flares, nothing. Just them stuck in the middle of nowhere with hardly any food. You throw in the fact that Richard is prone to fits of rage, the son of a mobster, and has discovered that his buddy and girlfriend are messing around and he pretty much snaps. So he decides to put that spear gun he got to good use. On a side note, if you know someone is violent, paranoid, and prone to fits of rage why would you buy him a weapon?
The film is tense, but its also very funny. Dark humor funny keep in mind but funny non the less. Its very well made and director Rob Grant did a marvelous job keeping everything moving along at such a great pace. The suspense never once slows down. Its always a challenge to make a film in once location let alone only focusing on three people, but Harpoon manages to keep everything fresh.
The acting is fantastic especially from Munro Chambers. His character is far from likable, actually there is no reason to like any of these people, but he does a magnificent job. He’s an incredibly talented actor who holds everything in place. He’s definitely destined for bigger films as he’s so versatile.
Funny tense, well-acted, and just good old fashioned horror fun. This is a must watch film. I highly recommend you pick this one up.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!