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Post by Remo D » Sat Aug 21, 2004 6:15 pm

Here was an encouraging change of pace in this moviegoing year. It's not quite the BLAIR WITCH MEETS JAWS that people keep trying to peg it as... for one thing, the sharks are not as huge a part of the film as the publicity may lead one to think--on the other hand, they're all real, and the feeling of "being there" is something OPEN WATER has on its side from beginning to end.

You know, it's not a perfect film--it can get a little bit draggy at times, and the "seasick cam" may really get to some of you. But it's short, to the point, and has a way of gnawing at you (pun most certainly intended). We all wanted it to be an "instant classic" and take the year by storm. It's not quite that, but it's more than worth a look if you want some relief from the over-produced business that's been clogging theatres for most of the year, and it knows how to exploit genuine fear.

So just get ready for the "it's not really a horror film" arguments. Hell with that. It aims to frighten and disturb and it does so quite admirably.
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Post by Kimberly » Sat Aug 21, 2004 8:47 pm

It's an hour an a half of my life that I will never have back. I found it to be a totally over-hyped steaming pile of a movie. There was nothing I liked about the characters... and if you're going to have the film stay/focus on two people the entire time at least let it be interesting. My husband was fighting to stay awake... and when it was over all I could do was look over at him and tell him I was sorry for dragging his ass out to see it. Yes... at times it was a little tense. I actually enjoyed the night/storm scene... as short as that part was. Kudos for the actors and everyone else who got very up close with the sharks... but the only time the audience let out a collective gasp and perk up with interest was when we got to see the lead's bush.

No Sir, I didn't like it...

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Post by shawn » Sun Aug 22, 2004 11:33 am

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I should have just taken my $9.00 and tossed it in the fucking street. This is the most "over-hyped" piece of shit I have ever seen in my life. If its based on a true story I glad both of those yuppie fucks are dead. FUCK THIS MOVIE. Do not waste your money.

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Post by I am 138 » Sun Aug 22, 2004 12:40 pm

I really liked it, but thought it didn't need the as much set up. Just dump 'em in the water, then have more footage of 'em in the water. It's not about who's in the water, it's about being in the water. Who cares who they are, it's something everyone can identify with, so you don't need to identify with the character first.

Lila Moss will probably come on and say that it sucked, but don't listen to her (or Shawn or Kimberly for that matter) because it is very good. It's just not really a shark movie.

Now I want to see Lifeboat...
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Post by shawn » Sun Aug 22, 2004 1:33 pm

Originally posted by I am 138
I really liked it, but thought it didn't need the as much set up. Just dump 'em in the water, then have more footage of 'em in the water. It's not about who's in the water, it's about being in the water. Who cares who they are, it's something everyone can identify with, so you don't need to identify with the character first.

Lila Moss will probably come on and say that it sucked, but don't listen to her (or Shawn or Kimberly for that matter) because it is very good. It's just not really a shark movie.

Now I want to see Lifeboat...


You, my friend are clueless. This move was flaccid, boring, and so not scary. You need a little more than simply "being" in the water... So it wasn't a "shark movie" point taken. Its not a good movie either.
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Post by Kimberly » Sun Aug 22, 2004 6:19 pm

Originally posted by I am 138
Lila Moss will probably come on and say that it sucked, but listen to her (& Shawn & Kimberly for that matter) because it is very BAD.



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Post by I am 138 » Sun Aug 22, 2004 7:06 pm

Originally posted by shawn
You, my friend are clueless. This move was flaccid, boring, and so not scary. You need a little more than simply "being" in the water... So it wasn't a "shark movie" point taken. Its not a good movie either.


Shawn, I think you were just upset that the bush shot came so early.

Yeah, it wasn't a movie with well rounded characters and tons of action, but for what it was on an obviously small budget, it's very well done. Yes, the stuff at the beginning was dull, but once they're in the water, I was thouroughly pleased from then on. Could it have been better? Sure. But I thought it had the right level of dread moments where something happened to the couple and that these moments were properly spaced out. I think there could've been more footage in the water and less on land, but otherwise was very pleased with the film.

Was I scared? No. But what was the last movie to scare me? Night of the Living Dead. When I was eight.
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Post by I am 138 » Sun Aug 22, 2004 7:10 pm

Originally posted by Kimberly
I've never spent an hour an a half of my life better. I found it to be a brilliant pile of cinema. The characterization was excellent... and since they're going to have the film stay/focus on two people the entire time that made it very interesting. My husband was fighting to not wet himself with fear... and when it was over all I could do was look over at him and tell him it was okay because we would never go scuba diving. Yes... at times it was too tense for me. The best part was the night/storm scene... . Kudos for the actors and everyone else who got very up close with the sharks... and the biggest gasp from the audience was when we got to see the shark under the woman.

Yes sir, I didn't like it...I loved it.
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Post by shawn » Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:34 am

Originally posted by I am 138
Shawn, I think you were just upset that the bush shot came so early.


bush shots peppered throughout the movie might have saved this mess...
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Post by shawn » Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:35 am

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Post by TheZoo » Mon Aug 23, 2004 9:40 am

Originally posted by I am 138
Lila Moss will probably come on and say that it sucked, but don't listen to her (or Shawn or Kimberly for that matter) because it is very good. It's just not really a shark movie.




Yeah, it sucked.





I am 138 actually thinks it's the best movie of the year. :rolleyes: I am not suprised you liked it though, you weirdo.

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Post by I am 138 » Mon Aug 23, 2004 10:45 am

Your opinion doesn't count. You said that Hunting Humans was better than Open Water. Obviously, you're delirious.
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Post by TheZoo » Mon Aug 23, 2004 10:49 am

Originally posted by I am 138
Your opinion doesn't count. You said that Hunting Humans was better than Open Water. Obviously, you're delirious.


I did not pay ANY MONEY to watch Hunting Humans. Therefore, it was better.


Besides Hunting Humans was great and I, smart.

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Post by I am 138 » Mon Aug 23, 2004 11:02 am

Yes, but time is money, and Hunting Humans was almost a complete waste of time, therefore it cost MORE.

And if you didn't like Open Water, why is it reprsented in your signature?
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Post by TheZoo » Mon Aug 23, 2004 11:22 am

That is the movie I was hoping for. A SHARK MOVIE.



Who was the one that had Hunting Humans on their Netflix list. THAT WAS YOU!

Then you tried to make me watch the crap in the water movie The Isle.

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Post by Kimberly » Mon Aug 23, 2004 9:40 pm

Originally posted by Lila Moss
Then you tried to make me watch the crap in the water movie The Isle.


I really liked The Isle...


And 138... that's my trick :llama:


PS... Open Water SUCKED!!

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Post by jga5000 » Tue Aug 24, 2004 6:28 pm

the last movie that was over hyped and low budget like this was Blair Witch Project....I think I'll pass on this one

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Post by ROBERT » Tue Aug 24, 2004 8:15 pm

Saw it tonight. I wasn't expecting much and not much is what I got. Some palpable tension toward the end, saves it. It's certainly overrated. But as an excercise in no budget ingenuity it's good. It at least proves a watchable film can still be had for very little money.
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Post by Morbid » Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:07 pm

This movies storyline reminds me of Phonebooth...

Open Water - 2 People are stuck in the middle of an ocean for the whole movie

Phonebooth - A guy stuck in a phone booth for the whole movie
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Post by impetigo-on-the-brain » Wed Aug 25, 2004 5:24 pm

Originally posted by Morbid
This movies storyline reminds me of Phonebooth...

Open Water - 2 People are stuck in the middle of an ocean for the whole movie

Phonebooth - A guy stuck in a phone booth for the whole movie



Yeha i think its jsut a way to release an exteremly low budgit movie in theaters. Tey don't have to worry about stuff like scences or sets its all in the water. Same with phone booth it was only one street.

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Post by Kimberly » Wed Aug 25, 2004 7:07 pm

Originally posted by impetigo-on-the-brain
Same with phone booth it was only one street.


Least I enjoyed Phonebooth :D

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Post by I am 138 » Wed Aug 25, 2004 7:59 pm

All through Phonebooth I thought only one thing: I wish Hitchcock HAD made it.


Oooo, can you imagine how good Open Water would be if Hitch had directed it? That's right, even better!
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Post by impetigo-on-the-brain » Thu Aug 26, 2004 7:27 am

Yeah, I might rent Open Water when it comes out. But i'm going to see it in theaters. I saw AvP in theaters and it was kinda a let down. It was better then i thoguth it would be anyways.

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