Open Water 2 - Adrift (Widescreen Edition)
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Based on a harrowing true story... A weekend cruise aboard a luxury yacht goes horribly awry for a group of old high school friends who forget to lower the ladder before they jump into the ocean for a swim. The boat proves impossible to climb, leaving them adrift, miles from shore. As the reality of the situation sinks in, the friends begin to turn on each other. Soon the exhaustion of keeping afloat and the struggle to get back on board begin to take a terrible toll. What started as a joyful reunion becomes a fight for survival!
- "The Making of Open Water 2"
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This and similar situations happen all too frequently. As others have said, I was on the edge of my seat much of the last two thirds of the movie. Like the actors in this film, most guests aboard a small vessel do not realize they are putting their lives in the hands of the boat's skipper. My recommendation is to take a good look at the skipper before getting aboard and ask yourself if this is the kind of person you want to hang your life on. The sea, mountain peaks, and the like can be VERY unforgiving which is a way of saying that you can get 99 things in a hundred right and still die because something obvious is overlooked. This film should be mandatory viewing for anyone planning to hop aboard a friend's boat for a sunny day on the water. Nuf said on that...
I found most of the plot set in the water credible. It's a big ocean and most of it contains no preditors. Also, if something was going to get done, it would have had to have happened in the first hour or two because of hypothermia and rapid loss of strength. Thus, the final solution for those that remained just was not believable. By the end of the film, everyone should have perished. Ironically, who ever found the boat would have been left with a Bermuda Triangle style mystery. My biggest concern from the beginning was that the wind would come up and start blowing the boat forcing the crew to swim to stay along side. A breeze did come up that was plenty to move a boat with that much freeboard... yet it stayed amazingly stationary without the benefit of anchor.
The crew did start down the road to a solution almost immediately but the plot turned in a different direction in a credible way. Remember, it is hard to think straight when people are wet, cold, tired, having to keep their mouth above water continuously, and otherwise paniced. I am willing to bet good money that with a guy in the water on either side of the lightest woman, she could have gotten a foot into the palm of each guy's hand, then get a foot on each shoulder, and stretch for the toe rail or lifeline. Failing that, the men could get a palm under each of her feet and hoist her up to the toe rail, lifeline, etc. However, once the crew lost their strength they were goners. The moral of the story is pick your skipper well and speak up if you see ANYTHING that you think could turn into a problem... he needs all the eyes and ears the crew can bring to bear in any whether conditions.
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