8.20.2004

Open Water


I can't believe I forgot to TELL you guys!
I was at the DGA the other night for a screening of OPEN WATER.



IT's SCARIER THAN JAWS CIRCA 1975.
IT'S SCARIER THAN THE OMEN CIRCA 1976.
IT'S SCARIER THAN .. THAN THE VILLAGE.



Go see it. I mean. Just go see it! I PROMISE YOU you won't be bored.

You'll be angry and freaked out and may NEVER WANT TO GO IN THE WATER AGAIN.

EVEN THE WEBSITE IS SCARY.

Okay, so that's the excited version of this review.
The rational version goes like this:

Though it's filled with certain particulars a la Hansel & Gretel, a cautionary tale, this is not.

Another in a fast-growing number of digitally-shot films, I had my misgivings about sitting through it. Did they expect me to watch 79 minutes of 72dpi?

As we watched, I wondered if it hadn't been first written as a short for The Discovery Channel and blended with parts of the most milquetoast softcore porn scripts* (you know; when there's nudity, only no dry-humping until the last ten minutes) - but since TDC doesn't have a film channel (not yet, give them time) and most of those scripts have been bought, filmed and unreleased by Angelina Jolie or Tara Reid anyway...

...still something didn't sit quite right with me. So I did some digging.

And behold; it was originally premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2003. Why then? Who knows.

In the company of BORN RICH, MY, ARCHITECT, THE COOLER, GIRL WITH THE PEARL EARRING, SCREEN DOOR JESUS and WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF it's hard to believe it got as much attention as a full theatrical release. It's so low budget (a mere $130 thousand), less than half the budgets of these other films but still manages to have the most menacing of enemies; miles and miles of nothing but sea and horizon.

My recommendation is you see it during some nice, sunny evening. Walking out of a theater at night was almost too much for me.





*I'm almost positive this is all the movie dialogue there is. Except for two of the sillier lines.

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