Open Water (2003) Movie Review

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2003 | R | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Adventure, Romance, Biography
79 minutes /

User Score: 62/100

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Open Water Review


Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left.

Open Water (2003) is an American psychological drama thriller horror movie that is loosely based on a true story. Tom and Eileen Lonergan is an American couple that went out on a scuba diving trip with Outer Edge Dive Company in 1998. The dice crewmembers did not do an accurate head count and accidently left the couple behind and went to the Great Barrier Reef. Director and writer Chris Kentis (Silent House (2011), Grind (1997), The Shark Is Still Working (2007)) and his wife Laura Lau (Silent House (2011), Grind (1997)) are avid scuba divers. The couple really wanted to make this movie that costs $130,000 and financed it by themselves. The movie was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and Lions Gate Entertainment bought the rights to the movie for $2.5 million. The movie contains nudity, sexual content, bad language, intense scenes, blood, drama, thrills, and emotions.

Open Water is about American couple Daniel Kintner (Daniel Travis - Thank You for Smoking (2005), Last Time Forever (2006), Foxglove (2008)) and Susan Watkins (Blanchard Ryan - Super Troopers (2001), It’s Complicated (2009), Beerfest (2006)) who decide to go on vacation in an effort to help their relationship improve. They are hard working individuals who do not have much time to spend with each other. They joined a scuba diving group on the second day of their vacation, and the crew took a head count of twenty people before heading out. The crew are ready to go back to shore and look at the tally sheet without actually doing a physical headcount and believes they have everyone accounted for. The crew did not realize they only had 18 people and Daniel and Susan were left behind. The couple was accidently left behind because they decided to leave the group for the last half hour of the excursion. The couple is unaware that they are stranded, and return to the surface looking for the boat after the crew left. They have faith that the diving crew will notice that they are missing and will return for them.

Daniel and Susan are mentally and physically exhausted now and are starving while stranded in the middle of the ocean. The couple began fearing for their lives as they realize that sharks are circling them below the water and that the rescue team might have a hard time finding them because they have drifted far from where they were originally. The movie gets really intense from this point and believe me; you would not even want to blink. After a series of events at sea with Susan and Daniel - the diving crew realize the following morning that the couple was left at sea after they discover the couple’s belongings on the boat.

I gave this movie an eight because the drama, suspense, thrills, intense moments and realism of the movie was there. I can connect to the characters and that is a plus. There was not much dialogue, and the acting was not as good as it should have been. The movie is loosely based on a real life event which is also a plus for me. I recommend this movie to all who are looking for a good intense watch.

About Open Water 2003

Title: Open Water
Year: 2003
Runtime: 79 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Adventure, Romance, Biography
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.05/5 stars from 13 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 13
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Michael E. Williamson, Cristina Zenato, John Charles, Estelle Lau, Steve Lemme
Writers: Chris Kentis
Director: Chris Kentis