Review by Dan Skip Allen
Foreign films are sometimes some of the best films in a given year or decade or even of all time, but there are a lot of bad foreign films as well. The Fever is one of them. It's as if it was without any real direction of where the film wants to go with its story and main character. That is a problem for the producers and filmmakers. That tells me this film shouldn't have been made at all.
The film focuses on a man who is a security guard at a loading area surrounding a body of water in Brazil. The man has a daughter who lives with him who is a medical worker who seems to have a normal life until the lead character comes down with a fever.
The film focuses on the lead character and his life from work to his travel back home every day: his hospital visits and some family that come over to visit him and his daughter. It is a pretty boring film. There really isn't anything interesting going on. Browsing films can be interesting sometimes such as Patterson. This one just doesn't have any redeeming qualities. Whereas films like that have a great leading performance to center it, the lead actor in The Fever gives a very dull turn.
There is an overlying story of something going on in the woods around the main character's home, but it isn't fleshed out enough for the viewer to really care about it. It may as well not have been in the film at all. This subplot did have some interesting stuff, but it never went anywhere. That's a shame. That could have saved this film.
The same goes for the illness of the main character. It has a few scenes dedicated to it, but never really goes anywhere. These subplots needed to be more of the overall story instead of an afterthought. The actual title of the film is The Fever and it's hardly brought up in the film. This film has a lot of parts that just don't come together in the end.
Overall the main character in The Fever is very boring and the film is an odd mash-up of different scenes that don't come together in the end. Foreign films can sometimes be hard to translate to American audiences. This was definitely one of those. I just didn't understand where the filmmakers were going with this concept. It's a shame because I hate to see all of these resources used on this film go to waste.
The Fever hits virtual cinemas on March 19. A list of participating locations can be found here.