Film Review – Little Fish (2020)

Title – Little Fish (2020)

Director – Chad Hartigan (Morris from America)

Cast – Olivia Cooke, Jack O’Connell, Soko

Plot – A memory loss virus known as N.I.A (Neural Inflammatory Affliction) is ravaging the world and young married couple Emma (Cooke) and Jude (O’Connell) must fight to save their relationship and memories in the face of this global pandemic erasing people’s very meaning to exist.

“I find myself wondering how to build a future if you keep having to rebuild the past” 

Review by Eddie on 30/06/2021

If you thought the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic was as bad as it gets then think again, as Chad Hartigan’s drama/sci-fi is here to show you that there are even worse possibilities laying in store for us if all the stars were to align in a way we would regret.

Telling the story of young married couple Emma and Jude, played as well as you would expect from two fine actors such as Olivia Cooke and Jack O’Connell, fighting to remain in love and in charge of their memories against the deadly N.I.A virus that is slowly but surely erasing the populations memories and in turn their pasts and futures, Little Fish isn’t exactly the happiest of watches but its human touch and likeable couple make this small-scale affair a memorable and moving one.

Moving from past, present and possibly even future as it explores the emotional toll on Cooke’s Emma and O’Connell’s Jude as the two lovers battle to save their relationship as Jude begins to fear for his memories with an N.I.A diagnosis, Little Fish always focuses on the small and relatable details of what it means to be in love, what it means to be human and what makes us who we are, each as unique as the last person before or ahead of us and Hartigan’s film slowly wraps us into its slight but also grand story as wish both Emma and Jude the best outcome against insurmountable odds.

So good in her brief career so far with memorable turns in the likes of Me, Earl and the Dying Girl and Sound of Metal with the same to be said for Starred Up and Unbroken star Jack O’Connell, Little Fish allows both of its leads some of their best material to work with yet and their on screen chemistry from initially shy potential couple to a married unit is exemplary throughout the entirety of the film, one that deserves a re-watch to figure out all its little nuances and moments that on initial watch may seem insignificant or unnecessary to the grand scheme of things but make themselves more apparent and meaningful on further consideration.

Watching both Emma and Jude battle to save their bond and what made them who they are today is at times heartbreaking stuff, this isn’t always a happy film as such, but there’s a beauty in their commitment to one another and Hartigan explores a side to humanity we may not often contemplate but lays it down in a way here that will make us appreciate what we have not so much materially but spiritually and in those that are close to each and every one of us.

Final Say – 

A simple but also high-concept examination of the human condition, told with a quiet but ever present grace and care, Little Fish is a little film but its wonderful leads and carefully considered subject matter makes for captivating viewing.

4 forgetful pilots out of 5  

2 responses to “Film Review – Little Fish (2020)

  1. I saw this movie back in February, and it easily one of my favorite movies of the year. I honestly really just love how uses science fiction to focus on a very human story of two people trying to preserve the love they have before it slips away. It’s incredibly relevant (since we’re slowly but surely recovering from a worldwide pandemic), and its a movie that also made me very emotional to the point that I nearly cried in theaters.

    I’m glad you loved it just as much as I did.

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