ADRIFT (AKA OPEN WATER 2)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Susan May Pratt
Richard Speight Jr.
What's it about
A sequel in name only (which makes sense, considering the characters died at the end of Open Water), Adrift is the story of a bunch of people who decide to go for a yacht ride, and then go for a swim. Then, they forget to lower the ladder, and realize they can't get back on the yacht.
Is it good movie?
Sometimes, you just can't make this stuff up.
The entire premise of this movie is that some old friends go on a yacht, a freakin' yacht, and go for a swim, only to forget to drop the ladder down, leaving them stranded in the ocean.
This movie's entire plotline revolves around the stupidity of a character who doesn't have enough common sense to lower a friggin' ladder, and now they're all doomed to a grimy life at the bottom of Davy Jones' locker. That being said, the rest of the flick is pretty watchable. The acting is actually quite good, and it has to be- the entire movie exists only as a character study of people trapped in a potentially deadly situation for ninety minutes. We're introduced to a host of friends- the stupid one, the couple, the one who is deathly afraid of water (why, oh why would she allow herself and her newborn to go on this trip?), and so on. The relationships are well forged and made this watchable. The notion that a newborn baby gets left alone on board is also a nail-biter, admittedly.
And while the doomed pals do try to find their way back onto the boat, and it's hard not to admire that kind of determination. You'll laugh when the characters strip naked to attempt to get on the yacht, and you'll cry when they don't get up there. The ending is also right on par with what you'd expect, and while some people might not dig it, I did. Adrift really conjures up a feeling of true hopelessness, which can play havoc on the viewer's emotions. If you can buy into that premise of hopelessness, you may find yourself at the edge of your seat during this one.
Video / Audio
Even though this film was essentially purchased after being made and had the Open Water moniker just slapped on it, it's better than its predecessor. It has more characters, which makes things more interesting, and adds a bit more to the stakes. The concept is dumb as all hell, but is still executed well enough to let it slide. Check this flick out, I give it a mild recommendation.