The North Water
Matt Roush says...
With episode titles like “We Men Are Wretched Things” and “To Live Is to Suffer,” there’s no doubting writer-director Andrew Haigh’s five-part adaptation of Ian McGuire’s celebrated novel will be a rough but gripping journey. Jack O’Connell stars as Patrick Sumner, a disgraced former Army surgeon in 1850s England who signs aboard a whaling vessel heading way North. Colin Farrell is his amoral, brutish nemesis, harpooner Henry Drax, whose animalistic appetites create murderous tension aboard the Volunteer. Before this arduous expedition is over, Sumner will confront his own most primitive nature—if that’s what it takes to survive this cruel world. Influences of Melville, Conrad and Cormac McCarthy factor into this brutal, bleak story, filmed with icy authenticity in Arctic locations.