of the water, Sharks!"
In the Bahamas, dive instructor Jared (Walker) could dream
of nothing better than searching the ocean floor for the hidden sunken treasure
but he never had the funds to even start. When his best friend Bryce (Caan)
arrives in the Caribbean with access to a boat, Jared sees this as his chance
to try and find something he can put a claim to. When they actually find
a priceless treasure, it just happens to be located next to a plane wreak
full of drugs and the drug dealer who lost them is searching the area to
get them back.
Action movies set on the water have been very hit or miss
but does 'Into the Blue' have what it takes to keep its head afloat or will
it sink without a trace?
Action, adventure and the Caribbean combined with beautiful
people and you have all the makings of a hit but audiences expect a bit
more for their money these days. While the sight of Jessica Alba and Paul
Walker wearing almost nothing in the tropical sun will appeal to both sexes,
there also needs to be an element of plot and fortunately 'Into the Blue'
has one, even though it may be slightly clichéd in parts.
With over six billion dollars worth of treasure lying undiscovered
on the ocean floor, divers all over the world dream of finding something
that could bring instant fame and fortune. The lead character in this movie
is no different but his passion is not all consuming. He is grounded by
his girlfriend Sam, who enjoys it for the adventure and spending time with
Jared than for the money but it is his opportunistic best friend Bryce and
his latest girlfriend Amanda that change all this. The discovery of the
find and plane containing the drugs in same area of seabed leaves Jared
with a moral dilemma. Does he sell the drugs to fund the search of the find
or does he report the downed plane to the authorities? Of course nothing
is that simple and that is when the action and danger begins.
If you are going to base your story in Caribbean you are not
going to populate your cast with ugly people. Both Jessica Alba and Paul
Walker are considered two of the most attractive people working in Hollywood
today and putting them in swimwear for 90% of the movie is exactly what
both red-blooded males and females want to see. Despite their amazing good
looks however both of them can still act and make Sam and Jared very appealing
characters. Joining them are Scott Caan and Ashley Scott, who also look
good in swimwear and can also act, making the simple and clichéd premise
and dialogue of the film a lot better than it should be. Throw in a good
performance from a very facially hairy Josh Brolin and you have a decent
'Into the Blue' is a movie that is surprisingly enjoyable
even though the plot is predictable. The presence of Jessica Alba, Ashley
Scott, Paul Walker and Scott Caan wearing almost nothing in the Caribbean
sun will delight both female and male viewers and certainly makes the film
all the more watchable. The action sequences and underwater photography
are also very good allowing movie to make a bigger splash than it should
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1, the
movie is presented well.
Audio Commentary from Director John Stockwell
The man at the helm talks passionately about his latest movie in a commentary
that is a decent listen. Single person commentary tack are always difficult
to listen to and for those people doing them but John Stockwell does manage
to keep your interest throughout, regaling you will stories from the production.
He highlights the problems filming underwater and what his young cast
had to go through to make the film. This is a good commentary, especially
as it is from a single contributor.
Diving Deeper Into the Blue (20.34 mins)
Director John Stockwell, director of photography Peter Zuccarini and stars
Jessica Alba, Ashley Scott, Paul Walker, Scott Caan, Tyson Beckford and
Josh Brolin take you behind the scenes of the production of 'Into the
Blue'. Here we see how the cast and crew prepared for the underwater scenes
and the presence of sharks in the water. We also hear about the characters
and the story, with get actor talking about their parts and what they
got out of making the film.
Deleted Scenes (17.41 mins)
Entitled 'Saving Connor', 'Loading the truck', 'Beach house dive partners',
'Amanda on the boat', 'Sea Robin to the rescue', 'ATV ride', 'Roy talks
with Jared', 'Ambush at the trailer' and 'Bryce at the airport', these
deleted scenes have optional commentary by director John Stockwell.
Screen Tests (5.32 mins)
Watch audition screen test for Scott Caan and Tyson Beckford as they try
and secure their parts.
MGM's DVD presentation of 'Into the Blue' is pretty good. The featurette
is informative and fun and the commentary is good for a single person
effort. Fans of the film will be very pleased with this DVD offering.
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