Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1998. Calimari Productions, Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Hollywood Pictures. Screenplay by Stephen Sommers. Cinematography by Howard Atherton. Produced by John Baldecchi, Laurence Mark. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. Production Design by Holger Gross. Costume Design by Joseph A. Porro. Film Editing by Bob Ducsay, John Wright.
Lame sea adventure that should have remained at the bottom of the ocean, in the great tradition of similar films like Leviathan before it and Ghost Ship after. Treat Williams plays the skipper of a boat that has been hired to transport what turn out to be pirates to the middle of the ocean to rob a luxury cruise liner. When they arrive on the great ship, they find it has already been plundered by a collection of nasty sea serpents who seem to have done away with all the human cargo. Now stuck on a motionless, floating vessel of death, the group of (cliched, predictably written) characters have to wait as they each get bumped off one by one until the gory climax. Famke Janssen co-stars as a jewel thief who is among the few remaining survivors on board and joins the raggedy band, but even her no-frills acting style can’t save this pathetic mess. Director and bad dialogue writer Stephen Sommers couldn’t come up with a fresh idea to save his life, and the special effects never register onscreen for an instant as impressive or even credible. Plus, the dialogue is terrible and the plotline boring.