In watching The Lure, you need to throw Disneys The Little Mermaid (1989) and every cute association you have with mermaids out the door. The film is wilfully eccentric. It cannot quite be called a dark take, more a work that exists in bizarrely surrealistic territory. For one, it comes with musical numbers so too does the Disney film however the ones here are whacked musical numbers that Agnieszka Smoczynska determines to make as wacky as possible. They are musical numbers that are also stripper routines where Agnieszka Smoczynska creates wild and provocative images of the two mermaid sisters languishing in giant-size cocktail glasses with their tails dangling over the side. Elsewhere, we get a mermaid-human lesbian seduction scene that naturally takes place as a musical number. There is even a sequence where one of the girls is singing while she is imprisoned on a morgue slab and her tail is being cut off with a buzzsaw.
One of the things about the film that proves uncomfortably eye-opening is that both of the girls cast as the mermaids seem barely pubescent but the film has no shame about parading them about topless (although in actuality both of the actresses were in their mid-twenties). In their performances, the two girls, Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszanska, have great presence and Smoczynska gives the choreography a considerable charge. The musical numbers are flat two-tone synthesizer arrangements like electro-rock numbers from some forgotten 1980s band being played on an electric organ.
There is never too much plot arranged around the rest of the film beyond the musical numbers and the scenes with the two sisters vamping about. It seems a little unfocused and all over the place at times with characters walking in and then being forgotten about. Nevertheless, it is the wild sensation of Agnieszka Smoczynskas images that drives the film. She proves herself a name worth looking out for in future.