Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
The Blair Witch is back, and this time she’s a shark! Another digital video shot on a shoestring budget has taken audiences by storm, and this one is almost as much of a hoax as that woodland horror tale was. Not to say that Open Water doesn’t have its moments, because there were times I really was ready to scream for my mommy, but the overall experience is shallow and forgettable. Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis play an overworked couple who travel to the Caribbean for a brief dream vacation away from their demanding work schedules. While on a diving expedition out in the ocean, they are accidentally left behind by their diving team’s boat due to a headcount error and are left to fend for themselves in the open water with nothing but scuba equipment and their Discovery Channel knowledge to protect them. Things get dicey when hungry sharks start to swim around them with wicked intentions, not to mention the problems of hypothermia, hunger and the panic that sets in when their minds start to work against them. Based on the true story of a couple that went missing while on a diving trip in Australia in much the same circumstances, the film will have you terrified to even look at the water let alone ever get into it again, and the shark footage (all of which was done for real with the actors actually in the water with them) is so creepy it’s surreal. Still, it would have been better if the main characters weren’t so cliched (I can just see the studio executive using the term “identifiable”).