Sunday, October 24, 2010

Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)

When a group of friends get together for a day trip on their yacht in Mexico, they are stranded in the ocean after jumping in the water to go for a swim without dropping the ladder. With no way to get back on board and no help in sight, they each face panic, dehydration, and fatigue as they struggle to find a way to safety. Although it was originally intended as its own stand-alone feature, ADRIFT was quickly sold as a sequel to the 2003 hit OPEN WATER to cash in on the earlier film's success. Whether or not this helped or hurt its popularity is debatable. ADRIFT bases itself on the same terrifying, real-world scenarios that made OPEN WATER so unique, but this situation is made that much more ironic in that the characters' salvation lies just inches out of reach. The friends quickly turn on each other and begin to point the blame as soon as they realize how serious the situation is, until finally coming to their senses and making every logical attempt to save themselves. This is where ADRIFT succeeds over anything else in presenting intelligent and believable characters that just made a stupid (but deadly) mistake. Unfortunately, Hans Horn feels the need to throw in two unnecessary plot elements, one being the stereotypical backstory where one of the characters had a traumatic childhood experience with water, and the other being a baby that is left aboard the ship. These things aside, ADRIFT is a decent companion piece to OPEN WATER that compliments it thematically and offers good acting for the size and scale.

Rating: 7/10.

3 comments:

  1. ...Yeah, you know how I feel about this movie already. I can't say much more than I already did.

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  2. I'd be willing to be the only person that liked this film if thats what it came down to. How good can a film about 6 people that are stuck on the side of a boat really be lol.. For what it is, it is a solid watch in my opinion.

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