Dead Calm (1989) is an Australian psychological thriller that was based on Charles Williams novel, Dead Calm (1963). Director Phillip Noyce (Salt (2010), The Bone Collector (1999), Patriot Games (1992), Clear and Present Danger (1994)) did a phenomenal job executing this movie. The sets were good, and sceneries were breathtaking with magnificent views as it was filmed in several locations in Australia. The film contains nudity, sexual content, bad language, extreme violence, grieve, death, a psychotic mass murderer, a sociopath, yacht, Ocean, thrills, suspense, and intense scenes.
Dead Calm revolves around Rae Ingram (Nicole Kidman - Moulin Rouge! (2001), The Others (2001), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), The Hours (2002)) and her husband John sailing through the Pacific Ocean on their yacht after her son died in a car crash. They did not take long to encounter danger as they found a stranded man name Hughie Warriner (Billy Zane - Titanic (1997), Back to the Future (1985), Back to the Future Part II (1989), The Phantom (1996)) on his damaged boat. Australian Royal Navy officer John Ingram (Sam Neill - Jurassic Park (1993), Jurassic Park III (2001), Event Horizon (1997), The Hunt for Red October (1990)) and Rae tried to help Hughie. John is hesitant, and I am not sure why he feels the need to leave his wife alone with a guy that he thinks might be dangerous. John left Rae with Hughie and went to investigate what happened on Hughie’s ship/boat. John saw video footage that may indicate Hughie killing everyone on his boat/ship.
What happens next was predictable as Hughie sailed away with Rae as his captive and leaves John behind. Hughie appears to have split personalities as he switches from being kind to Rae one minute to harsh the next. The movie was filled with suspense and nonstop action from this point on as Rae tries everything she can think of to earn Hughie’s trust, even being intimate with him in bed. I admire Rae for having the courage and doing whatever it takes to save her husband except for the sleep with Hughie part. Dead Calm was entertaining and filled with thrills that will make you not to wink for the third act of the movie. The ending was packed with extra thrills which made it an exciting adventure. The pacing was just perfect as well as the music, sound, acting and everything else.
About Dead Calm (1989)
Starring: Sam Neill, Billy Zane, Nicole Kidman, George Shevtsov, Benji, Rod Mullinar, Joshua Tilden, Michael Long, Lisa Collins, Paula Hudson-Brinkley, Sharon Cook, Malinda Rutter
Director: Phillip Noyce