Wednesday, July 27, 2005

An old review I did of the classic "Open Water"

This is an old piece from my other blog, but it's more appropriate here.

My wife dragged me to this movie. Otherwise, I wouldn't have gone, and it turns out I was right.

This movie took forever to get started. The first 30 minutes or so was spent giving you background into these characters. Maybe it wasn't 30 minutes, because the film is only 90-odd minutes long, but it seemed like more than 30 minutes.

And they didn't provide any real background. All you could know from that time was that the wife was so stressed from work that she couldn't have sex. That's about it.

And what can I say about the rest. They hang out in the water hoping to get help. They get nibbled once by a shark. And a chunk is taken out later. Oh, and look out for the jellyfish. Oooo, scary kids!

And all the obligatory fights. She gets mad because he screams in anger. He says they're stuck out there because of her job stress. She blames him for being left behind because they took too long. Blah, blah, blah.

The only good part was the end. It was touching with a good deal of restraint.

Actually, the whole movie was restrained. And that was part of the problem. You need a little more excitement if you're going to make a movie about people bobbing in the ocean for a day!

Related links:

Open Water - Chris Kentis
Open Water Movie Trailer (Chris Kentis) Empire Movies
Roger Ebert review
JoBlo's movie review of Open Water: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Chris Kentis
Blanchard Ryan Interview - Open Water scuba stories

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