The Sea of Trees

2015

Drama

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Matthew McConaughey as Arthur Brennan
Naomi Watts as Joan Brennan
Katie Aselton as Gabriella Laforte
Ken Watanabe as Takumi Nakamura
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779.07 MB
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1hr 50 min
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Reviewed by roselaar 4 / 10

Still not the film Aokigahara deserves

If you thought Gus van Sant would be more suited to make an interesting picture about the phenomenon of the Japanese suicide forest Aokigahara than the creators of the recent bland horror movie The Forest would, you thought wrong. Say what you will about The Forest, it had no other pretensions than being an average spooky flick (except maybe for the 'average' part, but then they should have tried harder). The Sea of Trees, not so. It's a bold potpourri of supernatural thrills, Japanese versus Western belief systems, tear jerking drama and philosophical reflections on the nature of suicide. At least, it likes to be. It sadly fails in every respect, making this a prime candidate for the title of 'Worst Gus van Sant Movie'.

The ingredients for a terrific movie are all there. There's a haunting mystery (a forest where people voluntarily come to kill themselves), a shot at emotionally compelling drama (a husband and wife not getting along but coming together over the latter's impending demise), some damn fine actors (McConaughey, Watanabe, Watts, need I say more?) and lots of wonderful cinematography. The movie only succeeds in offering that last bit to our satisfaction. Whether it's the director or the screenwriter who couldn't be bothered with stringing it all together seamlessly into an intriguing whole is hard to tell. It's certainly not the actors, as all of them appear bored or distracted. In Watanabe's case, matters are made worse due to him apparently having been hired as Hollywood's token Japanese man for this occasion, making him rant on about Japanese superstition ad nauseam. We simply can't learn to care about either him or his American companion, who set out to kill himself but had a change of heart in his desire to help his new local friend get home alive. It's seemingly enough of a motivation after the devastating death of his wife to make him find new faith in life and forget all about his suicidal plans, but not for us to go along with his new lust for living.

We simply cannot care about it all, which also stems from Van Sant's odd choice of going nigh 'full Hollywood' in his dramatic scenes set in the States. Usually he opts for what many consider a more European style, but in this scenario, studio tear jerking methods got his preference. And so we have to sit through dull and ultimately predictable flashbacks explaining the protagonist's desire to end his life, even though, illogically, he and his wife never really got along anyway. The scenes in the forest, meanwhile, offer little more captivating moments or surprising twists. Admirably shot and lit as they may be (though much of it not actually filmed in Japan, but rather Stateside) and accompanied for the most part by decently melancholy music, we still grow restless over the lack of empathy triggered at our side of things. It's not so bad that it makes us want to kill ourselves, but it's still frighteningly frustrating to come to realize that a director who often has something worthwhile to share with his audience, really has absolutely nothing noteworthy to say about a fascinating topic of conversation as the so-called Sea of Trees.

Reviewed by dreamevil_dan 6 / 10

All aboard the guilt train

Almost fell asleep during the movie, it's so slow. Had high expectations, as the movie is about the all mythical..majestic Aokigahara, and a guilt trip taken there by a grieving Spouse which is directed by Gus Van Sant. Didn't live up to it, at least for me.

Although, both Matthew McConuaghey and Ken Watanabe were both quite well in their roles, Naomi Watts was okay too. It falls apart in pacing and editing mostly.

Basically the plot is about a married couple who has their ups and downs in their marriage, and suddenly the wife gets terminally ill. Struck with grief, the husband finds a perfect place to die, which is the "Sea of Trees" or Aokigaraha forest. While in there, he finds another grieving and lost fellow, and befriends him..who eventually shows the husband, the light. In those moments while the both guys travel through the forest and look for a way out, the husband deals with his grief, and lots of guilt from his life and marriage, and finds solace in the company of his fellow lost man.

It was pretty darn slow, but the cinematography was good. Some nice and beautiful camera-work and shots. Music was okay. Could get an Oscar nomination or two, particularly in the Cinematography section. Acting wise, Matthew was nowhere near his best, from the likes of Mud or Dallas Buyers Club. I think he had a better performance in Interstellar. Nonetheless, wasn't bad either. He has the exact same crying scene from Interstellar in this movie at one point.

Some might like it, some might not. I found it okay-ish. Not the best from Gus Van Sant, as I think, this movie didn't do justice to the majestic forest we know as Aokigahara, and it's story as the "Suicide Forest". See it and decide for yourselves.

Reviewed by Horrorliefhebber 7 / 10

A more or less not define film.

-The Sea of Trees is a 2015 American drama mystery film directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Chris Sparling. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts, Katie Aselton, and Jordan Gavaris.

-The film is about an American man who attempts suicide in Mount Fuji's "Suicide Forest", where he meets a Japanese man who is there for the same reason. Principal photography began on July 28, 2014, in Foxborough, Massachusetts; the production moved to Japan in September of the same year. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The Sea of Trees will be released in France on April 27, in Italy on April 28 and in Japan on April 29, 2016. In Greece, the film will be released on May 1 and in the Netherlands on May 12, 2016.

--Reception: -The Sea of Trees was panned by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 0%, based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 2.4/10. At its May 2015 debut at the Cannes Film Festival, the film was met with harsh critical reception; it was loudly booed and laughed at by an audience of critics, with critic Scott Foundas calling it a film "for nobody." Some critics were more impressed by the film; Pete Hammond wrote "Their film deserves a better fate" and he praised its "paired sentimentality." While Hammond was also impressed with the "beautiful lush score", others found it "cloying" and "ever-present." -Further critical dissatisfaction with the film has been attributed to the fact that "the twists and turns of this narrative fail to ring true with too many implausibilities in the plotting to give any credibility" and with its "complete lack of narrative momentum, it all adds up to a film that's easily Van Sant's worst, and is a sad black mark on McConaughey's mostly excellent recent run. Ultimately, "Sea of Trees" feels like an entirely appropriate title: it makes you feel like you're drowning, and it's full of sap."

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