Review: HARPOON Is A Side-Splitting Pitch-Black Comedy


A brutal and insanely funny dark comedy, Harpoon is not going to be for everyone, but will appeal to the inner sadist of the audience.
Technical Merit

Harpoon, co-written and directed by Rob Grant, is a pitch-black new dark comedy that provides an interesting riff on the common trope of “cabin fever” horror. Thanks to killer pacing and a wicked sense of humor, this manages to be a thoroughly enjoyable and surprisingly thoughtful meditation on human nature.

The film follows a group of friends who go on a day trip on a yacht, but end up getting stranded for days in the middle of the ocean, causing tension and dark secrets to arise. Although the setup is relatively common and straightforward, the movie approaches it in a way that is so dark and twisted that one can’t help but revel in the blend of darkness and absurdity happening on screen.

The humor in the film is definitely demented, but herein lies the appeal of the movie. This isn’t an uplifting film about a group of people coming together to survive the worst obstacle they have ever faced — instead, audiences will be howling watching how the friendship between these people dissolves over the short period of time in which they are trapped together.

Additionally, the movie is able to build suspense in a shockingly effective way. Because the film seems so preoccupied with playing with the audience’s expectations, down to the hilariously deadpan narration from comedian Brett Gelman, the movie ultimately becomes delightfully unpredictable. While viewers will likely be able to figure out that something is afloat, figuring out what is more difficult.

harpoon blood

One of the more interesting things about this film is its character development because none of the three leads are presented in a way that is particularly likable. Frankly, all three of the characters are jerks in their own terrible ways. However, because of the dark and over-the-top nature of the movie, viewers will appreciate getting to see them suffer.

The small cast has great chemistry, and this is part of what makes the film so effective. For a movie in which a majority of the runtime is spent trapped with these few characters, it is important for the dynamic to be believable. Munro Chambers, Emily Tyra, and Christopher Gray are able to make the relationship between the characters feel very real despite the exaggerated personalities of everyone involved.

Visually, the film is pretty solid. Like most movies of this type, the visuals are heavily centered around creating an overwhelming feeling of isolation. Although the audience will feel more like voyeurs than active participants in the conflict, the camera does a very good job in creating spatial geography to heighten the sense of tension that the characters feel.

The bleak and darkly humorous outlook of Harpoon may not appeal to everyone, but those who have a twisted taste in horror-comedy are likely to find this to be absolutely hilarious. Thanks to a humor-filled script, this film works much more than expected.

Harpoon is now available on VOD.


Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous | Official Teaser | Netflix

Welcome to the world’s most incredible adventure camp: Camp Cretaceous! Join the adventure as our campers get up close and personal with dinosaurs in the all new series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, coming to Netflix September 18th. SUBSCRIBE: About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships in…

We Are Who We Are: Official Teaser | HBO

There’s a revolution going on inside of you. #wearewhoweare premieres September 14. We Are Who We Are is a new coming-of-age story from Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) about two American teenagers who live on an American military base with their parents in Italy. The series explores typical teenage drama themes including friendship,…

Fear the Walking Dead Comic-Con 2020 Panel Highlight: Pets, New and Old

Rueben Blades talks about missing Daniel’s cat Skidmark and the creators reveal a new pet is coming to the show. Watch more from Fear The Walking Dead: Subscribe to The Walking Dead on YouTube: #FTWD #ComicConAtHome #ComicConAtHome2020 #SDCCAtHome #SDCCAtHome2020 #FearTheWalkingDead FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: Like Fear the Walking Dead on Facebook :…

Perry Mason: Prohibition Cocktails – Martini | HBO

Watch new episodes of Perry Mason, starring Emmy winner Matthew Rhys, Sundays at 9PM on HBO. Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, this drama series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the…

Hulu Summer Movie Nights • Now Streaming on Hulu

Do movies your way this summer. Get a snack whenever. Do a big ugly cry. Wear PJs. We’ll see you on the couch every Friday for Hulu's Summer Movie Nights. SUBSCRIBE TO HULU’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL Click the link to subscribe to our channel for the latest shows & updates: START YOUR FREE TRIAL…

Every Ham in Supermarket Sweep | Netflix

Everyone knows when you're on Supermarket Sweep, you gotta go for the gold ... the gold-wrapped Farmer John hams. They're big money items that can secure your spot as the winner. We locked one of our editors in a ham freezer and told them to edit the show down to only our favorite parts: that…

HBO: What’s New in August 2020 | HBO

Looking for what to watch? HBO has new episodes, originals, blockbusters, documentaries and more to stream in August. Check out what's coming to HBO on TV, streaming and On Demand. #HBO Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: Watch Now Get HBO: Get More HBO Official Site: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook:…

Summer Movie Nights: Week 2 • Now Streaming on Hulu

Go ahead. Mix a cocktail. Put your feet on the coffee table. It’s time for #SummerMovieNights. SUBSCRIBE TO HULU’S YOUTUBE CHANNEL Click the link to subscribe to our channel for the latest shows & updates: START YOUR FREE TRIAL FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL Instagram: Hulu on Twitter: Facebook:
Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here