Scuba divers (Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis) struggle to survive in shark-infested waters after their tour boat accidentally leaves them behind.
" Sharks are nature's most efficient killing machines. Open Water, which co-stars sharks, is the summer cinema's most efficient scaring machine. "
" A taut, riveting, uncommonly well-made film. "
" A low-budget indie film whose tension and realism are augmented by unknown actors who fully inhabit their roles. "
" The unforgiving power of nature are all on display to amazing, and frightening, effect. "
" There are no Hollywood heroes in these waters, only two regular people ... plus you and me, huddling in the dark. "
" We, the audience, shuffle out of the theater, feeling drained and punished. "
" The nagging desire to help these people underscores the involvement of the audience in this superbly told story. You can almost taste the saltwater, and the fear. "
" It should make you think hard about assuming only a big, effects-driven adventure can really give you your money's worth. "
" Considered in its ham-handed entirety, Open Water feels more of an exercise in cinematic sadism. "
" If you want to be consumed by special effects, go to any of the many formulaic thrillers in theaters these days. If you want to feel the real chill of fear, go for a swim. "
" It's a very pure, basic kind of terror, nail-bitingly fun to watch; made more so by the startling realism of the sharks. "
" Becomes a slow and steady descent into pure fear. "
" I'm sorry, but that's entertainment? "
" As the clock ticks on, the sharks thresh and the dialogue continues to stagnate, you might just catch yourself wickedly thinking: Come on sharks, let's do this. "
" An unnerving 'What if?' scenario that you won't be able to shake -- from either your dreams or your waking thoughts. "
" Kentis keeps it simple and direct, and the effect is devastating. "
" Terrifying precisely because it doesn't go in for cheesy shock tactics and special effects. "
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