Open Water

2006-03-30 12:44

Based on true events, Open Water follows a young couple, Daniel and Susan, (Daniel Travis and Blanchard Ryan) on an island holiday. Even before they leave for the airport, we learn that Daniel and Susan's relationship is under strain from their workaholic lifestyles, and they need a vacation even more than they realized.

The next morning the couple, both certified scuba divers, board a local dive boat for an underwater tour of the reef. The boat is crowded with other vacationers, and after a series of miscommunications, the couple is accidentally left behind.

What follows is the reconstruction of their harrowing ordeal: cold, alone and miles from land, the couple is adrift in shark-infested waters.

What the critics are saying:

"Like so much live shark bait, this story winds up missing the vital middle parts."
- Stella Papamichael, BBCi Film

"You can feel the water, stretching against an unsheltering sky, seep into your bones."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"Rarely, but sometimes, a movie can have an actual physical effect on you. It gets under your defences and sidesteps the 'it's only a movie' reflex and creates a visceral feeling that might as well be real."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A low budget "reality" thriller about a pair of scuba divers stranded in the middle of the ocean that proves you don't need big money to make big scares.

Wade 2004/11/09 9:41 AM
Fear of sharks Just remember one thing when you are screaming in fear thinking the sharks are going to munch you next time you are swimming in the sea. The actors spent hours in the water with live sharks and nothing happened to them, this movie does nothing but create paranoia. It's the new JAWS, bad for sharks everywhere.
Etienne 2004/11/17 12:32 AM
A waist of time and money What a total waste of time. I have never experienced so many people in a cinema having conversations and giggles during a screening of a movie. I found myself bored halfway through the movie. A question for the producers...If this is based on a true story, and both people die at sea, how did they manage to put the story together..??? Where did all the facts come from ? Not the Village
Bev 2004/11/29 7:24 AM
Boring It was pretty boring. Jaws was more exciting. The camera work was bad. I have seen much better cinema work on a lower budget before.
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