Open Water (2003)

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Titolo originale: Open Water–>
Genere: Drammatico, Thriller–>
Durata: 79–>
Nazione: USA–>

  • Chris Kentis

Scritto da:

  • Chris Kentis


  • Estelle Lau (produttore associato)
  • Laura Lau (regista)


  • Graeme Revell

Trama del film:

A couple on a holiday in the Caribbean decide to spend the day on a scuba diving trip. But was it the wrong decision? When a mis-count happens on the boat, Susan and Daniel are left behind in the middle of the ocean, the boat long gone. With all their hopes set on the boat coming back to rescue them, they try to keep themselves safe, especially when sharks start to appear. Written by Film_Fan

Happy couple Daniel 'Dan' and Susan book a tropical holiday in the Caribean. They toughen out a mosquito-spoiled night after the exhausting flight, looking forward to the scuba diving next day. They enjoy it so much they're last to come up, but by then the boat has left, despite the obligatory divers count, which got upset after Seth, who forgot his mask, convinced someone to dive as regulations-required buddy with him. The current carries them away in open water, helplessly trying to attract someone's attention in vain, stung jellyfish and fearing shark attacks. Susan starts wining and absurdly blaming Dan, who feels forced to remind her that it's her's. Both are desperately exhausted by the time their disappearance gets noticed and a rescue operation by plane and boat is mounted. Written by KGF Vissers

A young thirty-something couple goes on holiday to the Caribbean. One of the fun activities available to them is scuba diving off a reef several miles out. Due to a faulty head count taken by the dive boat crew, the couple is left behind in the open ocean. They find themselves drifting endlessly for hours on end, facing dehydration, saltwater sickness, jellyfish stings, and sharks! Although a boat and a large ship pass by within the couple's view, neither sees them, and they are not discovered missing until the following morning when a member of the dive boat crew discovers their gear on the boat, and their hotel manager discovers they never returned to their room. Frantically a search is mounted by plane, boat, and helicopter, looking for the missing couple. Written by anonymous



1 Comment


    Brandt Sponseller said

    February 23 2012 @ 01:27

    Susan (Blanchard Ryan) and Daniel (Daniel Travis) have hectic lives.
    Even as they’re headed out on a much-needed vacation, they’re making
    last minute business phone calls. They head to a Caribbean island for
    sun, fun and their real passion, scuba diving. On their second day they
    schedule a spot on a commercial diving trip to a reef, where due to a
    head miscount by the tour guide, they end up left behind. How will they
    survive in open water?

    This is a remarkable film for a number of reasons. It’s basically a
    "super low budget" independent film, made on free weekends by a husband
    and wife writer/director/producer team with little-known actors and a
    skeleton crew. It was later picked up by Lion’s Gate after a showing at
    Sundance in 2004, and went on to earn over $30 million on its US
    theatrical release alone. Of course, it doesn’t deserve a high rating
    for those reasons. There are plenty of super low budget films made with
    passion that ended up being terrible, and others, such as The Blair
    Witch Project (1999), which made an exorbitant return, but which, for
    me at least, didn’t work very well.

    The triumph of Open Water is that writer/director Chris Kentis
    constructed a disarmingly simple film that ends up being incredibly
    effective in its goals–to present an intense, thrilling, suspenseful
    life or death scenario with horrific implications and subtextual
    commentary on appreciating and living life to its fullest, even when
    faced with the power and non-judgmental potential brutality of nature.

    You can tell that Open Water is unusual from the first frames. Shot
    entirely on digital video, Kentis achieves a look that is crisply,
    almost otherworldly beautiful and colorful and which at the same time
    conveys a stark, voyeuristic glimpse at a "home movie". This atmosphere
    helps create an extremely realistic feel, aided by the outstanding
    performances of Ryan and Travis as well as Kentis’ naturalistic
    direction. For example, while heading out on the boat, he has the cast
    engaging in small talk, none of which the viewer can quite make
    out–just as if you were a passenger watching these events unfold.

    Once our protagonists are left behind to fend for themselves in the
    open water, the thoroughgoing realism doesn’t stop. In fact, Kentis
    actually filmed his in the ocean, occasionally surrounded by real, wild
    sharks, which were only controlled by a shark wrangler (or "shark
    choreographer" as he calls himself) strategically tossing food into the
    water to hopefully direct their attention. While trying to survive,
    mired in their realistic but horrific situation, Susan and Daniel run
    through a plethora of emotions and conversations, all completely

    Kentis occasionally relieves the tension by presenting more abstract
    images–various shots of water at one point, clouds at another. These
    are beautifully filmed and edited, and very simply but effectively
    convey volumes about the unthinking ubiquity and power of nature,
    juxtaposed with man’s place in it, attempting to survive.

    Another unusual sequence has our protagonists still struggling as night
    and a thunderstorm descend. Long swathes of darkness accompanied only
    by frightening audio are occasionally punctuated by lightning flashes,
    which show just enough to heighten the sense of impending doom. It’s an
    amazing moment and a pinnacle of horror film-making, completely
    justified and believable, yet terrifying. Kentis also deserves kudos
    for the resolution of the film, which is wonderfully poetic and
    nihilistic at the same time. Even though the running time of the film
    is slightly on the short side, the pacing and unfolding of events seems
    perfect; it doesn’t feel short at all.

    While this is not a film that everyone will appreciate, due to its
    extreme uniqueness and the uncompromising nature of the script, it is a
    film that anyone serious about film (and especially horror films)
    should watch and give a fair chance.

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