Dead Calm

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  • Take an ocean voyage of full-masted fright with Dead Calm, a spare, smart, seductive piece of moviemaking with enough tension to keep us all hyperventilating for hours (Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times). Thriller specialist Philip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Saint) diredcts three splendid actors Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane in riveting performances. Joe and Rae Ingham (Neill and Kidman) d

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Take an ocean voyage of full-masted fright with Dead Calm, “a spare, smart, seductive piece of moviemaking with enough tension to keep us all hyperventilating for hours” (Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times). Thriller specialist Philip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Saint) diredcts three splendid actors – Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane – in riveting performances. Joe and Rae Ingham (Neill and Kidman) do the right thing and rescue the half-delirious sole survivor (Z… More >>

Dead Calm

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  1. It is a well made movie with very good acting, both Kidman and Zane are in excellent form etc etc etc.

    However, somehow it manages to stink from the very beginning to the very end.

    It is not a crime and I suppose it was designed to be this way and there is a big market out there for all things stinky, but I am not a part of this market.

    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. That’s right. Anyone who liked this movie is stupid. This is just another slasher movie where the main characters are complete morons, and are required to do the dumbest things conceivable in order for the plot to progress. “Oh yeah, we just picked up a sketchy guy who says everyone on his boat is dead – how about I leave him alone with my wife on this boat while I go check it out.” — Or “Oh yeah, I’ve got a shotgun, but I think I’ll have sex with the bad guy instead of shooting him.” Or “Now that I’ve drugged him and he’s knocked out, I’ll tie him and leave him below by himself so he can wake up and easily escape.” Guys – THIS IS STUPID CRAP – IT IS NOT A GOOD MOVIE. Oh yeah, how about the gratuitous dead baby scene in the beginning? I just can’t believe 25 Amazon reviewers gave this movie 4 or 5 stars.

    Really – I mean, are you other reviewers serious? Do you own shares in the movie? Do you just think Kidman was hot or something? Seriously – check out the New York Times review of this – it’s pretty accurate.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. Dead Calm is one of those movies that many have told me they liked, yet I have never really gotten into it. Maybe under one circumstance or another I’ve started watching it, or had an opportunity (a friend?) But just never got far past the opening.

    So I finally sit down in front of it for 96 mins. I guess it tries hard to be a serious thriller, yet I can’t take anything very seriously on a sailboat in the middle of nowhere. Phillip Noyce directed it, and, besides the two Jack Ryan movies he directed, he’s made a couple of seriously flawed films (The Saint, Sliver). Maybe this movie takes itself a little too seriously.

    I far prefer a campier version, like Kill Cruise (with Jurgen Prochnow, Jennifer Rubin, and Patsy Kensit) There the captain is a drunk, and his two passengers are the lowest form of party girls. When it starts to hit the fan there, you expect it. You’ve waited for it. You want it. You love it.

    Here it’s hard to imagine why Nicole Kidman didn’t just kill Billy Zane any of the 1st 50 or so opportunities she had. The sort of needless and forced tension her hesitancy produces tends to lose my interest quickly. In the film’s so called climax, she performs the Herculean task of driving the boat, and shining the light, and pulling her husband-200lbs of wet, exhausted man-to safety from a fast-moving boat. Yet in the film’s opening she can’t drive and talk at the same time without causing a fatal accident.

    One man’s irony is another’s idiocy.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. I watched this movie with my fiancee last night, and it was disappointing. We started watching the clock after about twenty minutes, asking “Is this over yet?” The actors themselves aren’t bad, but the dialogue they were given to work with was pretty bad, cliche, overcooked, etc. The fact that the husband and wife were split up and effectively had separate stories for most of the movie was a pretty cool idea, but I was never invested enough in either character to really care.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. Before director Phillip Noyce went on to do the Jack Ryan films, he made the little ditty known as Dead Calm. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I watched it, but let me tell you it was one of the first films that I have seen that would not allow me to pinpoint a direct love or hate. At the beginning, when the plot was taking it’s time to take off, I was not enjoying this film. I felt that I was having trouble really understanding John and Rae and the relationship that they have. I think this stayed with me throughout the film, and when they finally split up I finally began to enjoy it.

    I thought that there were some really wild scenes in this film. The infamous “rape” scene was intense. I never saw that coming at all. The chemistry between Zane and Kidman was perfect, while the connection between Rae and John was not. I think, honestly, Sam Neill was miscast in this film, or he was trying to play too deeply into his character. At first I felt that we were watching a film about robots, but then I saw our characters go into the water and I knew that technology wasn’t around in the 80s (for fear of other crew being shocked). I also had trouble distinguishing the ethnic background of the characters. Kidman was heavy on the Australian accent, but Neill and Zane seemed almost American. Not that this normally makes any difference, but I think it would have put these characters on sturdier ground.

    I don’t know my exact feelings on this film. It was good, it was bad, then it somehow seemed good again. The ending was completely laughable. I really thought they should have just ended with the two of them in each other’s arms, but instead they had toss in there a classic clichéd Hollywood moment.

    It was a well rounded film, but somehow some edges were getting dull. It is almost like having a flat spot on your tire. You hear the noise, but know that you can continue driving if you want to. For those of you out there that are considering watching this film because you are a fan of Kidman, I would have you look at both sides of the story. This is not the best work from her, but it does give us a good indication on where she is going with her acting career. Second, she does get naked. So, if acting doesn’t matter and you would rather see Kidman naked, than Dead Calm may be the film for you.

    I don’t know why I am so wishy-washy with this film, but I can’t seem to want to say if it was bad or good. Rather, more of a combination of both. The scenes with Kidman and Zane are the best, while Neill is what brought this film down. Nothing was revealed prior about him (or rather about anyone), so it is hard to connect with the characters, but it does carry some decent suspense.

    Overall, if you find this film for free somewhere, I think you should get it, but I wouldn’t spend more than a penny on this film.

    Grade: *** out of *****
    Rating: 3 / 5

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