Mr. Lee's film is stronger as a visual experience-especially in 3-D-than an emotional one, but it has a final plot twist that may also change what you thought you knew about the ancient art of storytelling.
Gerard Depardieu gets the most oversold star billing since Marlon Brando was Superman's absentee father. Depardieu looms over less than a minute of screen time. Not that we miss him when he's gone; we just wonder why he was there in the first place.
Veteran filmmakers will warn you, don't film at sea and don't work with animals. Ang Lee built a vast tank in Taiwan and he whips up awesome storms. [However,] watching the water here is more rewarding than watching the characters.