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Open Water [DVD]

Daniel Travis , Saul Stein , Blanchard Ryan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Travis, Saul Stein, Estelle Lau
  • Directors: Blanchard Ryan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000679PXA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,935 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Shot on digital video with a pair of unknown actors (Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis) who tread water for most of the film's brisk 79-minute running time, Open Water is a fact-based exercise in primal fear that will scare the socks off anyone who dreads death from the deep, but it's familiar stuff if you've ever watched "Shark Week" on the Discovery Channel (which is mentioned in writer-director Chris Kentis's economical screenplay). If you can't accept that a trendy young couple could be accidentally abandoned during an open-sea diving excursion (but hey, it really happened!), then you'll surely be hooked by the intense what's-gonna-happen anxiety that escalates when the horrified vacationers realize they've got unwanted company. It's too easy to call Open Water a poor man's Jaws, and the movie's too realistically frightening to be compared to the popcorn thrills of Deep Blue Sea, so what you've got here is a shark movie that creates its own little low-budget niche. Before placing his actors in actual proximity to sharks, Kentis betrays them with some silly, bickering dialogue, but with adequate realism in its favour, Open Water offers a perfect excuse to stay on the beach. --Jeff Shannon

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it is 17 July 2008
Having read through some of the (frankly shocking) number of negative reviews, I have to quote this from one of them which says it all really:

"The only thing which kept me watching it until the end was the hope that it would conclude with an action packed shark attack and fight with a load of sharks or something like that."

This type of person is NOT going to enjoy this film. This is not a Hollywood big budget, brainless movie. It's filmmaking, stripped to the bare bones, where empathy and allowing yourself to be drawn in is necessary.

Based loosely on a real story (Google for the true story of Tom and Eileen Lonergan), the events and plight of this poor couple is truly too awful to contemplate. One cannot begin to imagine the fear and desolation of being stranded in the middle of the Ocean with almost zero chance of being discovered. The way the film is shot draws you in, shakes you about and should you allow yourself to be immersed in, almost as if you're out there with them, you will find this one of the most terrifying films you've ever seen. It is also very disturbing.

The acting is strong from two unknowns with the female role being played particularly well. At certain points later in the film, putting yourself in her shoes will haunt you.
My only criticism is that the film is a bit too short - the water sequence is fine but we needed more time to get to know and connect with the characters before they embarked on that fateful boat trip.

If however, you are one of those people (no offence) who relies on a film to create all your stimulation without allowing yourself to use your own imagination and ability to empathise or involve yourself with it, then you will probably not enjoy Open Water.

For those who do drift away with them for 80 mins, you'll be thankful you're safe on your sofa in your nice dry living room when the credits roll.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked from start to finish 22 Oct 2011
I was hooked on this film from start to finish. It focuses on two hapless divers who are lost at sea. With sharks threatening them beneath the depths and with the thought of never being found looming above their heads, the duo's fear gets pushed on to the viewer, or at least it did for me.

There are no flashy effects or masses of blood and gore, but pure, raw terror. The two actors were incredible in their performances. It was like they were weren't acting at all, but rather actually terrified. I also liked the bond that they had and was anxious when the two got seperated for a short while.

I am a big lover of action, and I was sceptical of this movie at first, because I thought, two divers stranded at sea, bound to be boring. But I watched it and I enjoyed it. Granted, not everyone's cup o' tea, but it was definitely mine.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, but... 4 Feb 2011
I have watched this DVD twice.

The first time, I was literally shaking by the end. This is simple, but utterly breathtaking. Can hardly be recommended too highly.

A second watching reveals the simplicity of the whole, and how it's actually been quite cleverly made within an obviously tiny budget.

On a bang per buck basis, it looks even better.

Well worth the effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yuppies vs Sharks 3 Jan 2005
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The fact that the audience realises how vulnerable the couple are before they do (the sharks gliding beneath the sleeping woman) is perhaps the strongest element of the film.
The budget dictated that there are no big cgi effects and the film's stronger for it. We get glimpses of the prowling sharks; a fin here, thrashing tail there and watch on as the couple try and hold themselves together as the unthinkable becomes the inevitable...
A tight, tense little movie that deserves a viewing but maybe not repeated screenings.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
I have just seen this film and read the reviews thinking there would be lots of positive comments.

However, I was baffled by the so many negative comments towards this film; I really don't get what this people expected from this film.

It was simply enthralling.
The most terrifying moment is when the couple realized that they were left adrift in the middle of the sea and probably there was no way back.
IMHO many people are misinterpreting this film; it has nothing to do with sharks, or how to put up a fist fight against them. It's all about survival in the middle of nowhere, in this instance in open sea water, when all hope of a rescue has vanished.

This is certainly nothing like Jaws or any other typical Hollywood production, but a real life tragedy. If the shoe was in the other foot you would understand their plight and feeling of hopelessness.

Given that this movie is based on a true story, and the two main protagonists never lived to tell the tale we will never know about the real circunstances surrounding their terrible ordeal; all we can do is speculate, and that's preciselly what the producers did. Perhaps sharks played no part whatsoever in their termination, then again we will never find out now, will we?
We can only imagine that whichever way they died it was a very horrible, slow and terrifying way to go. Just thinking about it sends a shiver down my spine. This is not just an horror movie, it's terror.

Trust me, this is really a good film.
But if you expect this couple to do a Jaws, then this one is definitelly not for you!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars confused
I thought in the suspense stakes it was right up there, and knowing it was a true story made me think how terrified these 2 people must have been. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mrs. C. P. Napier
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I love scary suspenseful shark films and this one is one of the best shark films I have seen to date
Published 1 month ago by Nats
5.0 out of 5 stars open water dvd
Tense atmosphere throughout this movie based on a true story is a must see if not just for the anticipation of whats coming and when, great condition, packed well and delivered... Read more
Published 1 month ago by TKP1
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
Excellent portrayal of a true (and very sad) story. I felt the anxiety as I watched it and imagined the fear they must have felt at the end.
Published 7 months ago by G Brownridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive stuff
I don't go for doing spoilers and full analysis' of films on here. That's for others more devoted to picking plots apart when they have time to spare. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, intense film - why so many bad reviews?
This is a gripping film based on the true story of Tom and Eileen Longerman who really were left out at sea following a fatal error by the diving company in failing to count... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pink-Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in the Ocean
Based on a true story makes this even more gripping. Brilliantly acted and told, you can feel the panic experienced by the abandoned holidaymakers.
Published 14 months ago by Sheila Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Feel the fear
This is a really good film, produced on a budget and based on true events about a couple accidentally stranded on the ocean when a diving trip goes wrong. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Al-13
3.0 out of 5 stars Jaws link...
Did you know that Daniel -one of the main characters- bears the surname 'Kintner'...and that one of the first victims in Jaws is Alex Kintner? On purpose or what?!
Published 14 months ago by Richard di Calatrava
4.0 out of 5 stars Divers in distress
Can't understand all the negative reviews about this genuinely absorbing film. Either they've got the attention spans of goldfish or were expecting the cavalry to arrive and nuke... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr G
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