The result is a film both poetic and profound.
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Bardem is brilliant.
What makes The Sea Inside such a riveting drama is that none of these relationships is sufficient to make Ramón want to go on living.
The Sea Inside is uplifting. This is a movie that may cause viewers to both laugh and cry.
A dramatic triumph.
Unfortunately, Bardem is confined by more than Ramón's paralysis. He also must work within the limits of a partially numbed script.
I remained strangely dry-eyed up to the final shot.
Wrings honest emotion and riveting dramatics from its tale.
When pinned mostly in the man's bedroom, Amenábar's flashier instincts are stifled by a bolted camera and a procession of issue-of-the-week clichés.