Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
Director: Hans Horn
TC4P Rating: 4/9
Shark appearance: quite surprisingly, in dialogue only -- and the constant implied threat that they may show up, which they never do...
I understand. Really, I do. I get the basic appeal when an Open Water or a Saw comes out, and the world flips out because, by and large, the genre films we had gotten for the brief period preceding the respective debuts of those films had been a soggy lot overall. Something slightly off-kilter from that with which we had been deluged seemed refreshing -- it's the reason why the world shat bricks when The Blair Witch Project went "Boo!," giving half the audience the chills, and the other half motion sickness.
Me? Open Water was indeed a breath of fresh air... for a very short while. But then a pair of completely self-absorbed lead characters brought me to the early conclusion that mere death by exposure, hypothermia and drowning was simply too nice a way out for these people -- so, bring on the sharks, by all means! I was inventing gods so that I could momentarily believe in them long enough to be able to pray for the deaths of these egotistical idiots. Render them to shreds, finny ones, and torture those assholes until they are left spitting fear and half-mad from exhaustion and blood loss. Too harsh, you say? Clearly you are the sort of person represented by the characters in Open Water. You just don't know how wrong you are...
Open Water 2: Adrift is actually well-shot, not too badly acted by most of the cast, creates a fair amount of suspense, sticks to its initial intentions, and isn't really exploitive. It was filmed independently without really being intended as a sequel to the first film, and was released internationally as simply Adrift. So it is probably not the filmmakers' fault for its ultimate disappointment for mere association with what is widely and famously known as a shark movie, but rather the studio that released it.
Imagine Jaws: The Revenge actually being about a bunch of dentists stuck in the middle of the ocean, where they just talk about sharks the whole time, never see one. "Water, water everywhere, but none with which to rinse and spit!" would be the tagline. The dentists would float about until they devoured each other out of starvation and boredom.
Actually, this might have made a better movie...