Foreign language film buffs will enjoy this offering from Russia, out today courtesy of Simply Media.
The Weather Station is set in the deep Russian Arctic, the landscape differs little from ground to sky, there is just a blanket of white laid across the land as far as the eye can see. The remote outpost is manned by two meteorologists who suddenly lose contact with their superiors. What could have caused such a sudden lose of communication? The weather or something more sinister?
This film, directed by Irish filmmaker Johnny O’Reilly, has been critically acclaimed and even compared to the likes of Hitchcock. The Weather Station is filled with deep suspense, that if we are perfectly honest, is only added to by the fact that the entire film is shot in Russian, with English subtitles.
Two detectives are dispatched to the desolate weather station to investigate what has happened to the meteorologists, why their communications stopped and ensure they are okay. When they arrive they are not greeted by two grateful men, happy to see a warm face of concern, but by an empty, silent, abandoned station. To make matters worse the weather station was not left as if the scientists just got up and left, the place is a mess and there is no clue as to what has happened to The Weather Station’s inhabitants.
Since bad weather was not the cause of radio silence, the detectives set out to discover what happened to the meteorologists and the guests they had with them. Could there be a murderer, or was this all together more intriguing than they could have ever imagined?
O’Reilly really captures the essence of suspense n this film and there are certainly some jump worthy moments throughout. A must for film fans of this genre.
Certificate 15, £12.99 (RRP)