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Open Water 2: Adrift
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Mar 8, 2007 By: Quigles
Open Water 2: Adrift order
Director:
Hans Horn

Actors:
Susan May Pratt
Richard Speight Jr.
Niklaus Lange

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A group of six friends go out to sea on a yacht, but forget to drop down the ladder when they go out for a swim. In turn, they become stranded in the water, and have to fight to find a way back on the boat without letting the many ocean perils beat them.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If you go into this film with as little expectations as I had, you may come out of it surprised. It's very rare that a DTV sequel ends up being good, and while OPEN WATER 2 has its fair share of problems, it gets enough right to warrant a rental for any fans of the original (or at least, fans of the original's premise, since that's where the similarities end - this one doesn't even have sharks).

I can guarantee that some people will be banging their heads in frustration at how consistently stupid these characters are, so if you're the type of person who can't help but yell at the screen, "Don't go in there!" during a horror/thriller, you might wanna steer clear. Basically, these characters get stranded off their boat because of pure stupidity, and it's that same stupidity that keeps them from getting back on. Or rather, it's the fact that the movie would be over far too soon if they did.

Where the movie shines most is the direction and acting. Although the tension is lacking in places (which is the thing that made the original OPEN WATER so powerful), the beautiful cinematography and stylized editing always help to keep the film visually arresting. This tends to salvage the movie from being as lousy as it might've been in someone else's hands. The capable actors also help to add some much needed personality to their obviously scripted characters. But unfortunately, only a couple of them are actually sympathetic. Even though you'll want to keep watching to see who (if anybody) makes it back on the boat alive, you won't exactly be rooting for them do so.

The writing is actually where the biggest problems lie. Putting aside the fact that it's easier to invest emotion into people that aren't complete morons, the dialogue is also pretty lame most of the time. I will admit to never being bored during the film's runtime, and I was especially surprised at how well executed the story was, but the movie does tend to flail half-dead in the water whenever the faults of the writing creep in.
THE EXTRAS
Not much in the way of extras.

The Making of Open Water 2 (20:06): Meh. Nothing special here. Mostly just a promotional piece with little bits and pieces of behind-the-scenes footage/information, but with a much stronger focus on the cast explaining the story.

There are also 5 Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
OPEN WATER 2 takes the first film's basic premise of being stranded in the water, ups the ante by 4 more people (compared to just two), removes the sharks (bummer, right?), and puts a stronger focus on the "look" of the film. The writing is pretty weak, but it's still a lot better than it has any right to be, especially for a STV sequel. Before you reject it outright, at least consider it for a rental.
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