Dead In the Water (2001)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Run Time - 89 min.  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Dead in the Water is Survivor on a small boat, mixed with MTV's The Real World and a little of The Weakest Link thrown in for good measure. Not quite in the same league as Dead Calm, the Phillip Noyce boat-set thriller that launched Nicole Kidman's Hollywood career, Dead in the Water starts seductively slowly and builds by gradations. Director Gustavo Lipsztein's nontraditional style might not work for everyone, particularly given Dominique Swain's off-puttingly petulant performance, but there's no question the film's final reel will generate conversation and introspection for those who get it. And even if the deliberate pace doesn't work, there's plenty of tropical sunshine to be enjoyed, and there's not a lot of cellulite on the screen.