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51 Degrees North (2014) – Movie Review

51 Degrees North (2014) - Movie Review

Okay guys – I’m back!!!

Sorry for the silence over the last couple of weeks, I’ve got a load of new reviews to get through but unfortunately I’ve been at death’s door due to a virus my son brought home (been completely wiped out!).

Anyway, enough sympathy hunting – time to get down to business!

Today we’ll be looking at a little British gem I stumbled across about a month ago during an online apartment hunting session around London (I know, I know – I was equally surprised!).

I ended up on a sort of London based art review site by accident and a small review was banging on about a film from local based director Grigorij Richters.

I gave it a quick scan over and realized it was indeed a Found Footage based effort. So I started up Kodi and found it within a couple of minutes (it’s housed on the Exodus add-on).

The Plot

Damon Miller is a filmmaker grappling with the pressures of an impoverished profession and a dissolving relationship. One routine assignment will change his life as he is involved in the disturbing research into Near-Earth Objects.

Asteroids

I often find that Found Footage films that manage to cover a unique idea stand out with style – no matter what their budget level or starting position.

Just recently I was lucky enough to review House of Labrys which is managing to make more than a few waves due to it’s brave and original plot idea (you can find it in the Free Found Footage Cinema Section of this site!).

You see, budget really doesn’t matter if you manage to cover something fresh and unsuspected – things sort of take care of themselves.

51 Degrees North introduces us to the concept of Asteroids, or, what are also known as, Near-Earth-Objects, (NEO’s).

Yeah I know what you’re thinking – oh sh#t another Bruce Willis moment saving the Earth…but this is a very different beast (I promise!).

Conclusion

This was a very thought provoking piece of film making which succeeds in bridging the hybrid cross between documentary and drama.

I’ve spent various periods of my life living in London and it was pretty awesome to see so many of the lesser-known landmarks pop up in this film.

I was also impressed by the bleak undercurrent that ran through the film – if you’re looking for laughs or emotion…this is NOT the film for you.

It’s a no-nonsense look at London through the lens when the world has come to terms with extinction.

I have heard rumors that this film was actually showcased on ‘Asteroid Day’ at the Science Museum in London, on the IMAX screen (it took place during June 2015 apparently!).

This was a pretty cool move as it’s initial audience were already Science Fiction geeks – what a clever way to gain lift-off and support in one swipe of the sword!

For a first attempt at Found Footage (AND filmmaking in general) this was an extremely impressive project – it may sometimes struggle with pacing but it sets itself a lot of challenges and succeeds admirably at most.

A real little-known British gem that I enjoyed immensely – not a blockbuster but well worth an hour or so of your time.

Chris

12 Comments

  1. I enjoyed your review of this movie and I will definitively have to check it out!

    I personally don’t mind watching a dark film as long as it is consistent and is done well. For example, a move with a dark plot which tries to be feel good would be silly.

    I also like the idea of a movie which focuses on London past Big Ben and the London eye. I have also spent a bit of time in London, so I will be interested to see some of the other land marks.

    All the best!

    • Hiya Mark – glad you enjoyed the movie!

      It’s a different sort of beast to the more typical Found Footage efforts released this year!

  2. Very enjoyable movie to watch. Wasn’t sure what to expect going in but I came away from it with a satisfied feeling overall.

  3. I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Love the way it sets that atmosphere of helplessness and impending doom.

    • Yeah it was pretty well set out for the budget wasn’t it? A real hidden gem in my book!

  4. What are some of your very favourite found footage films.?
    And hello from southern Ontario Canada…….

    • Well hello from South Wales James!

      I’ve always had a soft spot for Grave Encounters and Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County, but there are so many decent ones out there it’s really hard to choose!
      I also quite liked the horrible dark feeling around Megan is Missing.
      What are your favorites?

  5. Gosh, sorry but it just didn’t do it for me since I felt no real connection to the guy in the film which kind spoiled the whole experience for me. I guess I missed the real feeling of fear and emptiness one must feel if an impending catastrophe is about to happen. However, I always love to check your recommendations. I wasn’t a huge fan of Triangle either but that is a story that deserves a prequel or at least a sequel. Too many unanswered questions.

    • That’s no problem Keith – we’re all allowed our opinions! (and mine’s not the best or most popular at times!!!!!) 🙂

  6. Hi, Chris. This film sounds like it combines a few of my favorite things – not raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but found footage, horror, asteroids possibly wiping out the planet and a dark, dark perspective. I am a sick puppy, it seems. But, anyway, I can’t find 51 Degrees North at any legitimate site at any price.

    I don’t mind paying; actually, I like the idea of supporting indie horror filmmakers. Alas, I can’t find a link to a site where the filmmakers have licensed 51 Degrees North for viewing. Do you where one can watch the film other than Putlocker?

    Thanks!

    • Are you based in the UK Steve? (like me!). If so certain Putlocker sites won’t work for you! I spotted it on the Kodi app ‘Exodus’ the other day – do you maybe have Kodi installed on your PC?
      Maybe one of the site subscribers that comments here can point out where it is on Amazon or Netfilx etc..
      I’m not a member of either! (I’m actually banned on most US Amazon sites at the moment…long story!)

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