Sirens (1994) / Comedy-Drama
MPAA Rated: R for nudity, sexual content, and language
Running Time: 98 min.
Cast: Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Sam Neill, Elle Macpherson, Portia DeRossi
Director: John Duigan
Screenplay: John Duigan
Sirens tells the tale of a young minister (Grant, About a Boy) and his wife (Fitzgerald, Brassed Off) who travel to Australia with intent to spread the Word, and also to visit an eccentric, controversial artist (Neill, Jurassic Park) whose sexually provocative artwork is raising concerns from the church. The minister is uncomfortable at the liberal lifestyle of the artist, his wife, and the three young models who cavort around the place without clothing much of the time. But his wife is most disturbed, not with the sexual atmosphere of the place so much as her attraction for it.
Sirens features some quality acting and breathtaking cinematography by Geoff Burton (Dead Calm, Wide Sargasso Sea), both of which propel this rather inconsequential story into passable entertainment. It's a sexy flick, with much in the way of nudity and sensuality to make it interesting for those that seek that sort of thing, but the sketchy characters and an oft used theme still aren't able to deliver much more viewer interest than the sight of supermodel Macpherson nude. Sirens is recommended for people who enjoy films with lush scenery, gorgeous cinematography, and an amiable storyline that doesn't detract from enjoying the view.
©2004 Vince Leo