This would be a difficult film to watch on the big screen but it works out fine on the small screen. It is tough to say what I really think without providing spoilers but here goes.
It works on the DVD because the extra features showing how the movie was made and on such a low budget(basically a husband and wife made it in their spare time with two unknown actors) makes the movie a lot better than it is.
The beginning says that the movie is based on a true story and the director explained that he got the idea from a newspaper story he read. The story is about a couple scuba diving on a vacation that get left out in the ocean by their boat. While you watch this unfold you want to scream how stupid the people are that leave them there. There were only 20 divers on the boat and they should have counted all the divers and called them all by name. Additionlly after the people are left, you can see that there is an empty space where their air tanks should be and that their extra stuff is still there under the bench.
That said, the movie is mostly about two people that are stranded in an extremely dangerous situation and how they slowly take it in that they are stranded in the middle of the ocean with the possibility of them becoming a shark's meal before they are rescued. There are some really tense moments, especially when the two drift apart after falling asleep and the woman wakes up frantic that she is alone.
***1/2 out of **** In 1998, an American couple - claiming the names of Tom and Eileen Lonergan - along with a boat filled with people went scuba diving for a good day; the twist to this tragic story is that these two individuals never returned from the trip. Apparently, as a result of an inaccurate, lazy headcount on the group supervisor's account; the boat that they came in on left them behind while they were still submerged underwater. Onlookers of the sad, sad tale have … more
What might have been just another exploitative man vs. nature film, the theme from "Jaws" playing in the background, is, instead, a dire reminder of fate and chance when dealing with unpredictable elements. A young couple, Daniel and Suzanne, exhibit the usual tensions of a relationship the night before a scheduled dive trip from an unnamed island, but are delighted to explore the depths of the ocean with the others on a chartered dive boat. When the dive times out, a busy … more
"Open Water" is a low-budget, mildly thrilling shark flick. Sure, it has real shark action in it (except for the biting parts), but there isn't quite enough here in the way of character development to warrant more than three stars. The beginning of the flick introduces us to Susan and Daniel, two of the most annoying young adults you'll ever run into. They constantly bicker, even when they're in the middle of the ocean. I was really gunning for the sharks to take a nip of both of them just to make … more
This would be a difficult film to watch on the big screen but it works out fine on the small screen. It is tough to say what I really think without providing spoilers but here goes. It works on the DVD because the extra features showing how the movie was made and on such a low budget(basically a husband and wife made it in their spare time with two unknown actors) makes the movie a lot better than it is. The beginning says that the movie is based on … more
Obviously low budget, this movie details the events surrounding a couple at a resort island who go on a deep sea diving expedition....and are mistakenly left behind by the tour group. What follows are the events surrounding their attempts to stay alive--in the middle of the ocean with no land in site. There is inky blackness as they float in the dead of night, there are storms, and most frightening of all they have begun to perk the interest of the local sharks--which, as it turns out, are anything … more
The only thing that might make this compact little movie more terrifying would be a musical score from John Williams. Minus the signature "buh rump... buh rump" from the Jaws theme, this film is scary enough as it is. Working with factual events as the basis for their story, filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau have put together a gripping scenario of a couple abandoned far out to sea by their scuba excursion. Stressed with careers and a relationship that's clearly moved … more
I first got on this blog to discuss my first passion which is books. Since I have gotten on I find that books are only a piece of this blog and I can discuss just about anything that comes to mind. It … more
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Proving that the power of imagination is much more terrifying than what meets the eye, OPEN WATER is Chris Kentis's intensely realistic deep-sea drama, "based on true events." The film's leering digital video camera allows viewers to float like shark-bait, stranded in the middle of the ocean with Susan and Daniel (Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis), a bickering married couple who have just been abandoned by their scuba-diving boat in the Caribbean. As the tension escalates between the troubled twosome--who are cold, tired, dehydrated, and more than a little scared--the tragedy of the situation is exacerbated by a series of very unfortunate conditions. While a current sweeps them far from where the boat left them, and deep dark clouds pass menacingly overhead, the sea-life just below the surface is clearly not of the friendly variety. Yes, those are real sharks, folks. Meanwhile, Daniel, who watched Shark Week on television, is no stranger to the perils at hand, and finds himself battling shock. Minutes pa...