Director: John Stockwell
Starring: Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott
Caan, Ashley Scott, Josh Brolin, James Frain
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Day : 6 October 2005
with our members on "Into The Blue" here!
thriller set in the deep, shark infested waters of the Bahamas.
When a group of young divers discover the wreckage of a cargo
plane at the bottom of the sea, they believe their dream of
buried treasure has come true. What they don’t realize
is that millions of illegal goods are in that sunken plane
and a group of dangerous criminals are already desperately
searching for it. As tensions mount and the friends begin
to fight about what to do with their find, others get closer
to discovering their secret – and the treasure hunters
quickly become the hunted.
The idyllic Bahamas is the ideal setting for a deep sea diving
adventure, with beautiful blue waters, and what more when
the main leads Paul Walker and Jessica Alba flaunt their bronzed
bodies in trunks and bikinis most of the time?
film tells the story of Jared and Sam (Walker and Alba), the
former who's a down and out diver looking for his first break
in treasure prospecting in the sea, while Sam is his girl
who supports his dream, no matter how hopeless it looked.
With a broken boat, and little money, Jared's world is Sam.
first act kicks into gear when they meet up with friends Bryce
and Amanda (Scott Caan and Ashley Scott), bringing the act
into a dreamy like underwater adventure, with the beautiful
cinematography of the sea world and its inhabitants. Needless
to say, lots of muscled and toned bodies up close to satisfy
the Walker and Alba fans. The couples romance, and it all
seemed like a possible fairytale-like Blue Lagoon sequel.
start to get serious in the second act, where the group chanced
upon two wrecks. The first is a suspected ship containing
treasures (don't they all?) and the second is a sunken airplane
filled with cocaine (sealed in watertight wrappers of course).
The latter we see in the beginning of the film going down
in a short but nicely done CGI sequence, while the former
is a hypothesis based on little artifacts recovered. Which
brings the question of hard work versus quick opportunity.
Both avenues provide the possible path to riches, but one
is considerably more risky with running afoul with the law.
The battle lines are drawn and the couples take opposite sides.
to say, one group takes the plunge into trying to make a quick
buck, only to end up with the wrong company, and jeopardizing
the other group. The third act brings on the action, both
on ships and in the sea, as Jared and Bryce try to undo the
wrongs they committed, and at the same time trying to outwit
and turn tables on their hunters. There is a slight twist
involving the hoodlums, which tried to make it a little different
from the usual storyline you might
come to expect. One gripe that the audience might have though,
is the over-reliance on Jaws. Don't expect too much from the
action set pieces though, somehow there isn't much excitement
or crescendos, as the pace is quite even and plain.
two pairs of eye-candy couples on screen, it'll naturally
prompt you to look further into their relationships - their
depth and what it means to stick and commit to your partner
were deliberately contrasted in this movie. Compare the strong
relationship between Jared and Sam, with the Bryce and Amanda
one. You might say, "oh it's only a movie", but
think about it, no doubt which kind you'd prefer to experience.
Walker, unfortunately, is dangerously being typecasted to
the action-beefcake genre, with his Fast and Furious series,
and now, this movie as a "diver bum". Definitely
some female fan favourite, I could hear some gasps when he's
on screen. Alba, on the other hand, might have stolen the
show with her curves. Even though she had less to do, you'd
be quite sure all eyes from the male crowd were definitely
on her. It's been a busy year for Alba, with this movie
bringing us back to her Flipper days.
what Bryce tells Jared, you can't expect to bum around until
you're old, then you look back and brag about what could have
been. Just like this movie, don't expect to see a classic
and complain that it isn't, but watch it for what it's worth
- some decent action, with a plain storyline beefed up by
sea diving has never looked so good - Paul Walker and Jessica
Alba turn on the heat underwater!)
by Stefan Shih