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Siren tells the story of a group of friends who make a weekend getaway by sailing the coast. They discover a secluded island with an injured man, and a mysterious woman with a dark secret. The longer they remain on the island, the more the friends experience a twisted blur between nightmares and reality.
The good news about the movie is that it was filmed entirely off the coast of Tunisia in Northern Africa, so we're treated to beautiful scenes of the beach and ocean. Director Andrew Hull has a few other low-budget movies under his belt, and the production quality of Siren is a bit better than most Redbox flicks. Despite most of the cast having only appeared in a few obscure movies, they do a decent job in this film.
The bad news is that the film is filled with plot holes. Even the first five minutes of the film, before the sailing trip begins, includes a creepy bathroom scene that is never explained nor revisited. While some mystery is good, and can create suspense, the film becomes annoying near the conclusion due to a lack of explanations. Even the dialogue stops making sense as the movie draws to a close.
Keep in mind that this movie doesn't really reflect the Sirens of Greek mythology, so even knowing their story doesn't give you the full picture. The only way I discovered what the plot was really about was by checking out the deleted scenes in the DVD extras. For reasons that I'll never understand, a clip titled "Tale of the Siren" was removed from the movie. It offers an explanation of who the mysterious girl is, her connection to one of the travelers, and why tragedy befalls visitors to the island.Read more ›
Disconnects abound in this film. From the very start Rachel (Anna Skellern) stands alone on a desert highway in a sexy red dress. She's hitchhiking. She's picked up by Ken (Eoin Macken) and as they drive along she places a hand between her legs. He catches sight of this and they almost drive off the road.
They pull over and she goes into a bathroom stall. He follows. They go to make love only she sees a mysterious man's face. There's no man in any other stall. And there's the next disconnect. The vision of the man leads to nothing.
Further, Rachel and Ken know each other and were play-acting a role of hitchhiker and driver. They don't even continue their love-making. They just change into other clothes and move on down to a port.
This film's full of these things that lead nowhere.
Along with Marco (Anthony Jabre) they sail till they are lured to an island who's sole living occupant, Silka (Tereza Srbova) - the Siren of the title leads them into realms of unreality where they're not sure what's real and what's not.
Then the film becomes more confused!
Silka and Rachel slip off their clothes and skinny-dip, but you only see them from behind.
The mythical story of sirens who lured sailors to their death with their seductive singing could've made an interesting premise. However, the script for SIREN bounces all over the place, inserting senseless allusions to what is real and what isn't. Throw in the inevitably boring lesbian scenes to add to the confusion. The siren herself is about as menacing as a slug and while lovely is hardly worth dying for. So much of the movie doesn't make sense, and it's really boring. The ending is both predictable and unimpressive.
An ambulance ride with sirens blazing is more terrifying!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the worst movie known to man. I have seen some absolute horrible movies in my day however this movie puts them all to shame I highly advise that if you watch this movie you... Read morePublished 21 months ago by bootdude
I believe that, in general, a Siren is supposed to be an allegory for inner thoughts and desires that we know that are bad for us, but we still can't avoid. Read morePublished 21 months ago by California Dreaming
Starts a little slow, the ending is good if a bit predictable. And wondering if Eoin Macken is going to take off all his clothes after the first few scenes does keep you engaged.Published on August 10, 2013 by Deb
Okay, maybe a song or two. But no good acting, a really dull and pointless story that makes no sense and could have been so much more.Published on September 2, 2011 by Viva
Three friends on a boating cruise find themselves encountering a Siren - a beautiful female creature from Greek mythology who lures sailors to their deaths - on an isolated island... Read morePublished on June 13, 2011 by Stephen B. O'Blenis