Ghost Ship (2002) Movie Review

Ghost Ship (2002)

2002 | R | Horror, Mystery
91 minutes /

User Score: 63/100

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Ghost Ship Review


A salvage crew that discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea soon notices, as they prepare to tow it back to land, that strange things happen.

Ghost Ship (2002) is an American-Australian mystery horror movie that is not related to Ghost Ship (1952). The movie is 91 minutes and was filmed in Queensland, Australia, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Vancouver, Canada. Director Steve Beck (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Abyss (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990)) did an average job with a $20 million budget. The movie was a nice watch but is not something that I will see again because it annoys me to see how much potential this movie has. The filming crew did not do this film justice, and the cover images remind me of Coneheads (1993) instead of giving the effect of a scary ghostly ship.

Ghost Ship started by introducing us to what happened in May 1962. A numerous amount of wealthy passengers is seen having a grand time dancing in the ocean liner, Antonia Graza ballroom. Someone presses a lever, reels out a spool of wire which eventually resulted in everyone on the dance floor except young Katie being sliced in half. Katie (Emily Browning - Sucker Punch (2011), Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), The Uninvited (2009), Pompeii (2014)) was not sliced in half because of her height. Then skips to forty years later where we see a marine salvage crew celebrating their success. Weather service pilot Jack (Desmond Harrington - Dexter (2006), Gossip Girl (2007), Rescue Me (2004), Wrong Turn (2003)) told the crew of a vessel he spotted. The crew was overwhelmed because whatever is in international water can be claimed by whoever takes it to port. The team got close enough to see that it is the Antonia Graza ship that was believed to be lost at sea. Antonia Graza contains a huge amount of gold and lots of corpses. Epps and Jack decide to take the gold but soon after encountering one disaster after another as their team dies one by one. A strong ghostly force opens a gas valve that leave everyone who is still alive, stranded on the ship.

Epps (Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (2009), ER (1994), Snakes on a Plane (2006)) had a friendly encounter with Katie’s ghost. Katie told Epps everything that happened, but you will have to watch the movie find out who really wanted the gold. Who is Jack Ferriman and what is his identity? Did he intentionally lead the salvage team to the Dead Sea to see the Antonia Graza ship? The ending was superb and could not have been better as one of the main characters what he deserves. The movie was entertaining at times and was boring as well, but the outcome is an average movie with a score of five because it was not bad or excellent. Most of the actors did a great job with their roles except for two that slightly overacted. The special effects were okay but could have been so much better with all the technologies available to us today. I know this movie did not have a huge budget, but I have seen movies with a $20,000 budget excelling. The editor, cinematographer, music department and everyone need to up their game because this film had potential that were not met.

About Ghost Ship (2002)

Title: Ghost Ship
Original Title: Chimera
Year: 2002
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.1/5 stars from 16 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 16
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Karl Urban, Gabriel Byrne, Ron Eldard, Desmond Harrington, Matthew Wollaston, Adam Bieshaar, Cameron Watt, Jamie Giddens, Gary Kingsman, Julianna Margulies, Isaiah Washington, Alex Dimitriades, Emily Browning, Francesca Rettondini, Boris Brkic, Bob Ruggiero, Iain Gardiner
Writers: Mark Hanlon, John Pogue
Director: Steve Beck

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