Movie Review: The Accidental Sea

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 7:32 PM By Stephen J Christophers

Having time, but little inspiration - I've been procrastinating over writing this movie review for a while now. One that brings light to this short, but wonderful little documentary,'The Accidental Sea' by Ransom Riggs. A revisit recently prompted me: It's been one of, if not the most influential piece of work, from which sprung the idea: Urban Decay in Bangkok. And, with this documentary in mind, my work has taken on a life of its own.

Riggs offers us a positive insight into the ingenuity of individual human persistence and creativity against isolation; the fundamental driver for mans need to create, and find hope and meaning from whatever vantage; otherwise, the story of the human condition. Under great contrast however, The Accidental Sea, takes us on a melancholic, yet well documented journey through an epic landscape, one of desolation and decay; and that which contrasts beautifully, the movies closing theme. Offering us firstly, a glimpse into a spectacular illustration of human misadventure; a journey of bleak contrasts; of realism under one of natures harshest environments. At times, wonderfully shot, and edited footage, paints a stark reminder of mans frailties in nature; with moody and engaging narration, thus echoing beautifully with the imagery of time and place.

Background History: for further reference and research material, beyond the movie,The Accidental Sea, please review Wikipedia:Salton Sea