Open Water

Open Water

DVD - 2004
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Susan and Daniel are a happily married couple who are taking a much needed vacation to the islands. They are hoping for a memorable trip. However, their vacation turns tragic when their scuba diving party leaves them in the middle of the ocean by the careless diving boat crew. As the reality of isolation sets in, they turn to one another for support. Unable to flag down passing boats, they begin to panic as encircling sharks begin to appear.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, c2004
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD OPEN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (81 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 15, 2016

This is a 2003 American drama directed by Chris Kentis.
The story concerns an American couple who go scuba diving while on holiday in the Caribbean, only to find themselves stranded miles from shore in shark-infested waters when the crew of their boat accidentally leaves them behind.
It is loosely based on the true story of Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who in 1998 went out with a scuba diving group, Outer Edge Dive Company, on the Great Barrier Reef, and were accidentally left behind because the dive-boat crew failed to take an accurate headcount.
It seems quite monotonous and tiring in the middle of the open sea.
However, what a pity at the end!

May 24, 2015

Yuppie couple Susan and Daniel leave their hectic lifestyle behind and head to the Bahamas for a little overdue R&R. But a scuba-diving expedition turns a dream vacation into a nightmare when their tour boat accidentally leaves them behind thanks to a faulty head count. Finding themselves suddenly alone in the wide open ocean the two react first with worried disbelief which soon becomes a growing terror as the hours drag on and ominous fins begin to appear in the water around them… A simple premise loosely based on the real life experience of an American couple diving off the Great Barrier Reef, writer/director Chris Kentis’ soggy shocker plays on our fears of deep water, unseen monsters, and utter helplessness in a way that has you acutely aware of your legs dangling unprotected over the edge of the couch. Despite the tepid performances of his two main actors and a lead-up consisting of tedious domestic flashes—they chat on their cells, they eat breakfast, they brush their teeth, Susan shows her boobs, Daniel swats a mosquito—once the action moves into the water he quickly goes from thriller to full-blown horror and the wait is almost worth it. Wide-angle vistas of endless waves and maddeningly distant smokestacks alternate with intense close-ups of the couple trying to reassure each other while looking above and below the surface for predators which can be seen lurking in increasing numbers. A flash of fin here, a stifled scream as “something” brushes against a leg, and an intermittent background score of island tunes reformatted as funeral dirges all add up to one creepy day at sea. And when night falls a sudden squall lights up our protagonists’ struggle in strobes of lightning and utter darkness. Too bad then that Kentis didn’t spend more time on script and continuity as scuba gear changes colour, sea conditions range from choppy to calm to sunny to cloudy in a matter of seconds, and a banal argument over who is more to blame threatens to slide into satire. He did use a real ocean with real sharks though (the actors wore protective gear and a “shark wrangler” handled the beasties) and a macabre ending was effective if technically suspect. A scary bit of cinema for those willing to forgive, a complete miss for those who can’t.

Apr 02, 2015

BORING !!!!!

Spectacular_Susan_Fox Feb 22, 2014

This movie has unnecessary nudity and a sex scene in it. It also has graphic, bloody violent scenes where the main characters are attacked by sharks. They die at the end of the movie. Definitely NOT for the faint hearted.

Feb 23, 2013

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Mocha6ft3 May 07, 2012

This is another movie i was not sure of until i saw two thumbs up on the cover. While wtching this movie with my friend that often talks back to the screen, she was rather quiet at first until it seemed like the boat may leave our two characters. Hearing my friend scream " Look for the passengers you idiot, count again!!!" I knew this would be a good movie to watch on my HOMETHEATRE. There's not a lot of audio but the story and all around sound is worth the time. There is some decent weather sounds as well as the ocean, but watching and waiting to see what happens to the main characters is what this movie is about. I'm giving this movie 4 stars. Good story, and characters that make you feel. Peanut butter and jelly on Ritz crackers with milk.

kevfarley Jan 09, 2012

A deeply distressing movie !.. especially since I love SCUBA. This film lingers in my memory whenever I'm going diving,..just as "Jaws" does when I'm swimming in the ocean. But I just couldn't turn away from it ! ( And I still swim in the ocean, and go SCUBA diving.)

Oct 28, 2011

It was horrifying and spooky!.

elidad Mar 29, 2011

It is surprising that this movie has an average rating of three stars. If it was possible to rate it negative stars, I would have done that.


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EuSei Jan 08, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Frightening scenes

EuSei Jan 08, 2012

Sexual Content: Nudity, sex

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Coarse Language: Coarse language

elidad Mar 30, 2011

Sexual Content: There's a nude scene near the beginning.


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elidad Mar 29, 2011

While a newly-wed couple is scuba-diving, their boat leaves without them. The next hour or so of the film is them floating in the water. I think a jellyfish comes at one point.


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