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Something Fishy

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 9, 2010 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | February 9, 2010 |

Psshh. Fishermen. “Why just the other day I caught a smoking blonde who moved in with me and my wheelchair-bound daughter. And she can sing to the fish so that they jump in my nets. And I’m as hot as Colin Farrell.”

Ok, fine, this actually looks fairly decent as far as the trailer goes. I mean, forgive my skepticism, but “Colin Farrell is an Irish fisherman who catches a mermaid, and mystery and romance ensues” doesn’t exactly detonate an excitement bomb. Hell, the only description on IMDB is: “The story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid.” I’ve heard belly lint described with more enthusiasm, so give that PR firm a gold star.

The trailer, though, is effective in its moodiness and mystery. It’s got that Irish spookiness going without lapsing into the quaint pubs, dancing, and Guinness that Hollywood generally associates with anything Irish. Neil Jordan, of Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game, and Michael Collins fame, wrote, directed and produced the film. He’s infused it, at least from the trailer’s point of view, with just enough darkness and mystery to feel like an old Irish ghost story. Nifty.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.