Open Water

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    TheMovieDB 18 5.4
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    Two divers are left out at sea without a boat. There’s nothing but water for miles, unless they look at what’s underneath them...

    movie diving cataclysm nightmare panic red sea primal fear scuba diving shark scuba drama thriller
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    There are no Hollywood heroes in these waters, only two regular people ... plus you and me, huddling in the dark.

    4/5
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    Sharks are nature's most efficient killing machines. Open Water, which co-stars sharks, is the summer cinema's most efficient scaring machine.

    4/5
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    Considered in its ham-handed entirety, Open Water feels more of an exercise in cinematic sadism.

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    Terrifying precisely because it doesn't go in for cheesy shock tactics and special effects.

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    The unforgiving power of nature are all on display to amazing, and frightening, effect.

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    Becomes a slow and steady descent into pure fear.

    A
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    I'm sorry, but that's entertainment?

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    We, the audience, shuffle out of the theater, feeling drained and punished.

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    As the clock ticks on, the sharks thresh and the dialogue continues to stagnate, you might just catch yourself wickedly thinking: Come on sharks, let's do this.

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    A taut, riveting, uncommonly well-made film.

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    It's a very pure, basic kind of terror, nail-bitingly fun to watch; made more so by the startling realism of the sharks.

    3/4
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    The nagging desire to help these people underscores the involvement of the audience in this superbly told story. You can almost taste the saltwater, and the fear.

    4/4
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    It should make you think hard about assuming only a big, effects-driven adventure can really give you your money's worth.

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    Kentis keeps it simple and direct, and the effect is devastating.

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    A low-budget indie film whose tension and realism are augmented by unknown actors who fully inhabit their roles.

    B+
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    If you want to be consumed by special effects, go to any of the many formulaic thrillers in theaters these days. If you want to feel the real chill of fear, go for a swim.

    B
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    It's ridiculously cheap and terrifying at the same time.

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    The real achievement here belongs to a director who understands that economy (in storytelling as well as in budget) can work in his favor.

    B+
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    What differentiates Open Water from similar stories recounted endlessly on cable television's Shark Weeks is its scrupulous avoidance of anything remotely contrived.

    3/4
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    I'm here to tell you that Jaws is nothing. Jaws is now merely Flipper: Episode 127.

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    Although the movie was produced with few frills, Kentis keeps you watching. He adds to the tension gradually, and by the end, you're gripping the arms of your seat, wondering whether this pair will be rescued before, um, lunchtime.

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    Wrings every possible drop of tension out of a simple premise and a micro budget.

    3/4
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    It's a scything fin in the pit of your stomach, a gathering shark storm beneath the surface of the life you take for granted.

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    Seen in a movie theater, preferably in the company of some shriek-prone friends, Open Water is nasty, discomfiting fun.

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

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    A tiny movie about ocean fears that will flush that overrated The Blair Witch Project 20,000 leagues under the sea.

    3/4
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    An expertly made suspense thriller based on an actual incident, but on a visceral level it's about as much fun as watching someone pull the wings off a butterfly.

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    It's just two people, some sharks and a whole lot of ocean. Doesn't sound like much, but it proves more than enough to provide a taut, lonesome chill.

    B+
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    This minimalist thriller evokes some deep and primal fears, but it is ultimately too under-dramatized to provoke anything more intense than squirming discomfort.

    2/5
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    Open Water is so deeply terrifying, so primal in its depiction of man at the mercy of nature, that watching it shakes you to the core.

    4/4
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    You can feel the water, stretching against an unsheltering sky, seep into your bones.

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    A gut-clutching plunge into primal-fear territory that is no less unsettling for having been made on a flipper and a prayer.

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    It's just them, the water and us -- at least until the sharks show up. By the time they do, we're feeling almost as apprehensive as Susan and Daniel are.

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    Just one tedious scene stretched out to feature length.

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    A taut, 79-minute fright fest peppered with enough payoffs and glossed with a mournful philosophic overlay.

    3/4
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    Clearly, this one will divide viewers, but the vote here is that Open Water is an unpleasant experience.

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    Simply a stunt -- hopelessly literal-minded and cheap in every sense.

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    Despite its flaws, I welcome Open Water with great enthusiasm, because it offers genuine scares and chills without the self-aware, packaged feel of many horror/thriller films.

    3/4
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    ... a compact little gem that proves that low-low-budget films don't have to be always about couples squabbling in small rooms.

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    One of the most galvanizing and unforgettable films of the year.

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