Monday, July 20, 2009

Open Water - September 2004

This low budget, high quality movie has been the critics’ darling since it was first screened at film festivals earlier this year. But when "Open Water" hit mass market theaters, the promos made it look like the second coming of "Jaws." I was ready to take a pass.

I hate sharks.

Contrary to the publicity, it’s not a shark movie, thank goodness. Oh, there are sharks in it, but it’s not about that. "Open Water" is about what happens when two people get stranded miles from land. We are able to see what they are thinking and can easily relate to what they are feeling. It’s loaded with subtlety and realism and makes you want to stand out in the sun on dry land when it’s over. It’s a good movie.

I still hate sharks.

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