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About the Movie
In this bold, genre-defying horror-musical mashup — the playful and confident debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska — a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters are drawn ashore in an alternate '80s Poland to explore the wonders and temptations of life on land. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly aura make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit fantasy world of Smoczynska's imagining. In a visceral twist on Hans Christian Andersen's original Little Mermaid tale, one sister falls for a human, and as the bonds of sisterhood are tested, the lines between love and survival get blurred. A savage coming-of-age fairytale with a catchy new-wave soundtrack, lavishly grimy sets, and outrageous musical numbers, The Lure explores its themes of sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with energy and originality.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 46
- Fresh: 39
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Holding it all together is an exploration - always intriguing if not always coherent - of the myths and puzzles of female sexuality.
Fresh: Abetted by impressive lo-fi effects work, the musical numbers alone come to resemble the wildest dreams of every Eurovision show producer.
Fresh: A woozily entrancing mash-up, shimmying by itself in the corner of the horror-musical canon and sure to earn quizzically appreciative stares from genre enthusiasts.
Rotten: There is no continuity in narrative or character and it's all shot in an elliptical, heavily stylized, gaudily lit (much of it looks like it's shot through an algae-filmed aquarium) collage.
One of the best movies I have seen in the last few years. So different yet appealing, the music, the acting, the dark twists... AMAZING.
So it isn’t for everyone
This movie is bizarre! And while I like a taste for the strange, this movie did not leave me particularly satisfied. Its not scary (only mildly gory compared to most horror films). Its not exactly funny even though it parades itself through multiple song and dance numbers. Its dramatic, but not in the sense that it excites me or leaves me full of intrigue. If you are familiar with the original little mermaid (not the Disney version) you will have an idea of where this is going… and for that, there are no real surprises.
To me the movie is confused and does not stick to a particular theme other than off the wall weirdness. One minute the girls make sounds like whales and dolphins and in one scene they are growing and hissing like cats. Its just inconsistent and kinda sad.
I don’t recommend it unless you are just completely desperate to watch a strange foreign film.
Manage your expectations
This movie is good but it’s “smelly cheese” good, you need to have mood and taste for it.