Release Date: June 4, 2010
Website: Official Ondine site
Starring: Colin Farrell, Stephen Rea, Alicja Bachleda, Tony Curran, Alison Barry
My Review: Even though I’ve never been an avid follower of Colin Farrell’s career, I wouldn’t have pegged him for the fantasy movie type. Most actors who don’t already have a career steeped in this sort of lighter fare usually go the family-friendly route when they want to create something their own children can watch. So if only 10% of the rumors about Farrell’s personal life are true, you can understand my curiosity as to what drew him to his role in Ondine.
A bit darker than most American fantasy movies, Ondine is a sort of Irish fairy tale that blends fantastical elements with reality. Farrell is a fisherman named Syracuse who wants to make sure everyone knows just how Irish he is, so is lays the accent on with a putty knife. One day while out at sea a mysterious woman called Ondine (meaning “came from the water”) is pulled in with his fishing nets, so the natural thing for
For those who like their fantasies a bit less juvenile, Ondine may be what you’re looking for, with its PG-13 rating and sensual scenes between Syracuse and his water lady. I just hope that there’s a bit more to Ondine herself than coming from the water and bewitching those around her, because disguising what is merely a tortured love story as a fantasy movie is pretty sneaky, even by movie studio standards. And no amount of Colin Farrell hair wafting in the Irish breeze will make up for it.
Would I Pay For It?: No, but providing it gets some decent feedback, I would eventually rent it.