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Mindless, action entertainment
on 3 February 2012
This was never meant to be a film that would tick all the boxes for an Oscar nomination, it wasn't supposed to be at the top of the list of nominations for an academy award. It was meant to be a fun, action packed thrill ride that will entertain and provide a good way to spend a couple of hours in front of the TV.
The story follows Treat Williams (as wooden as ever) who is giving some mercenaries a lift, what he doesn't know is that he's taking them to a luxury cruise liner that thye are going to board, rob and then blow up. But things take a nasty turn as from the depths of the ocean a monster rises and infests the ship, killing almost every single passenger (in a very gruesome manner) and causing the mercenaries and Williams a lot of trouble once they get on board. No sooner than they do board than one by one they get picked off by the hungry tentacles. The CGI is decent, not ground breaking, but acceptable enough for a film of this age and budget, the acting is decidedly hammy, though Famke Janseen is good as the thief who survives by being locked in a fridge and who ends up accompanying Treat on their journey through the ship.
Stephen Sommers is an adept director, having helmed such films as The Mummy 1 and later its sequel as well as the entertaining Van Helsing. As i said before it will never win any awards but it does offer up some thrills, spills and action and, for those of us who don't want to watch a film that makes us so bored we end up staring out the window, its perfect.
The special features are rubbish, but i doubt that anyone will be dedicated enough to this film to really be bothered how it was made.
Overall it is worthy of a three star rating for offering mindless fun with unique monsters and a fast pace.