I watched this film earlier today, well, actually I liked it so much I watched
it once and then another time with the actor's commentary. That was really
excellent, one of the best films I've seen in a while. The story was
intriguing and also ... realistic ... I really believe this could have happened
exactly the way it is portrayed in the movie. 2 people 'forgotten' while they
were scuba diving, ending up lost at sea, becoming 'shark bait' etc.
I liked everything about it, the low budget, hand held cameras, unknown actors
(who were actually quite good !) so you couldn't predict what was going to
happen, which can often be the case in Hollywood films where the bigger star is
usually safer than his/her companions. I like this mom n' pop filmmaking
Of course it was like 'Blair witch Project', another film I thought was
brilliant, and this one is just about at the same level of excellence, how can
I tell it was effective ?? I was shaking in my boots, that's how ! It works
on a VISCERAL level, you never know when the attacks will come, each second is
like an eternity.
You don't need a lot of money on fancy stuff when you have a set up this
frightening, you just let it be and it turns out A-OK.
Oh man, and that ending, with the close ups on the girl's face as she realized
ALL HOPE WAS LOST, phew ... it's one for the archives, really. Well done.
TOP FILMS, 2003
MYSTIC RIVER - 2003
21 GRAMS - 2003
OPEN WATER - 2003
MONSTER - 2003
ELEPHANT - 2003
OWNING MAHOWNY - 2003
OUT OF TIME - 2003
GAZ BAR BLUES - 2003
GOODBYE LENIN 2003
HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG - 2003
SUSPICION - 2003
SUR LE SEUIL - (EVIL WORDS) - 2003
SEABISCUIT - 2003
BEYOND THE CONSPIRACY : THE JFK ASSASSINATION - 2003
"I'm not sure I agree with you a hundred percent
on your police work, there, Lou ..."
Frances McDormand as "Marge Gunderson" - "Fargo" - 1996
(From the ORIGINAL 'Ethan & Joel Coen' Script)
"The thing under my bed waiting to grab my ankle isn't real.
I know that, and I also know that if I'm careful to keep
my foot under the covers, it will never be able to grab
Stephen King, Author.
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