Really cool to see all of the roots of Spielberg’s career in this lower budget, dirtier flick. The villain in this film is treated almost exactly like the shark in Jaws and, even with this small budget, there are all of the signature Spielberg sweeping camera tricks that make his action sequences so gripping and enthralling. It’s a little hollow and I don’t think it will stick around in my mind, but it is an impressive technical achievement.
This is a film with brief flashes of greatness but is, in the end, a story that has no purpose. The acting is poor (except DaFoe, who is good but given little to do), no character has a true arc, and the filmmaking is often amateurish. The film feels extremely long and the ending is one of the worst I have seen this year.