What she said:


Prior to renting it, I had honesty never heard of this movie.  A friend recommended I give it a watch, and so I did.  Honestly, it was pretty good.  Despite some annoyances, the film was overall a fairly decent psychological thriller.  I admit, it doesn’t really achieve much.  You wind up at the end pretty much where you were at the beginning, but, as you’ll see, that’s sort of the point.  Basic plot is this: it’s the story of a woman who goes on a boat trip with some friends only to get stranded out in the Bermuda Triangle.  They board a passing ocean-liner in the hopes of getting home, and that’s when the craziness begins.

I knew this would be a tough one for me to like.  Melissa George bugs me.  It stems back to her days on Alias, how evil she was.  Then I got aggravated by her weird mouth-thing.  She’s obviously one of those mouth breathers.  It drives me a little nutty.  But anyway, I set aside all my petty differences and got on board.  Actually, you don’t necessarily have to like her character to enjoy the movie.  It’s your role as the viewer to just sit back and watch things unfold.  I was more interested in figuring out what the heck was going on, than in investing time in character backstory and such. 

And that’s just fine, because this movie is meant to thrill and make the viewer think, not leave some lasting philosophical impression.  Overall, I liked it.  I got slightly bored at times, but I was also tired when I viewed it sooooo…

Diagnosis: Thumbs up.

What he said:


As mentioned above, we had never heard of this movie - and if we haven't, chances are you haven't, because we are "kind of a big deal". So when a friend recommended this to us, we decided to give it a chance.

This movie is about a rather dazed and confused woman (Melissa George) who seems to have some issues in life. One of which is a special needs child, but you get the sense (by the fact that she literally looks like a lost deer most of the time) there's more going on with her. In comes Greg (played by Michael Dorman), who takes pity on her and tries to do what he can to help her forget about her problems. He seems like a pretty good guy and wants nothing more than to help her, so he invites her on a boat trip with him and some friends. That's where the problems begin for our lucky bunch.

Without giving a whole lot away, they encounter a storm and eventually another ship; a much lager cruise liner. They search the place from top to bottom and have very little success finding anyone. To no one's surprise (except the characters themselves) some bad s!@t eventually starts to happen.

It is a little difficult to review movies such as this, because I don't want to spoil it for the audience. But I will tell you I did like it and it's full of twists that will keep you guessing (even after the ending I find myself coming up with several different possibilities). This movie make you think more than it will scare you, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Is this a psychological thriller? A supernatural one? Is it science fiction? You just have to watch to find out and form your own theories!

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on September 29, 2010.