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Into the Blue


Starring:
Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan, Ashley Scott and Josh Brolin


Rated: PG-13
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: September 30, 2005 Released by: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. and Sony Pictures

It's not billed as such but this is a weak remake of The Deep which stared Robert Shaw, Jacquelin Bisset, Nick Nolte and Louis Gosett and was written by Peter Benchley. Jessica Alba who was a part of the fantastic Sin City as the girl Nancy is nothing more than a pinup along with Ashley Scott who joins her and Paul Walker and Scott Caan in a diving expedition searching for an ancient treasure ship.

Filmed off Paradise Island, Nassau in the Bahamas the locations and the attractive young bodies are all that is worth watching. The two guys go through silly macho wrestling early on and then set off to swim with stingrays as the cameras wave up and down the white sand beaches.

When a balance stone is located there is hope of finding a treasurer underwater, but when they discover a crashed plane loaded with narcotics near the ancient trade ship they could bring enough money to finance the equipment necessary to dig out the buried ship.

The four appear to have the philosophy "Don't Worry Be Happy" as they play their silly games never worrying about who owns the drugs in the crashed plane. In contrast to The Deep which was filled with danger, fear, natural challenges and a little voodoo to hold our attention and keep us on the edge of our seats, Into The Blue is a calendar shoot.

Josh Brolin comes along as the nasty guy who wants all the riches and I guess that is supposed to be a surprise, but Brolin's Bates has silly lines and no imagination in the script to make us think otherwise.

The film also insults the audience by using incomprehensible scenes of action in which there is a lot of movement but the camera is so close we can't tell what is happening until the scene is completed.

Early on one of the characters says, "It's over," this film could have ended after the plane crash in the first scene and been more successful.

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