Grieving over the death of their son, a married couple decide to take a long yachting trip for relaxation’s sake. Their journey takes a dark turn, however, when they rescue a young man from a drifting vessel.
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For KIDMAN fans, although much less enhanced than in Eyes Wide Shut. Hi to Sam NEIL, too soon gone. Billy ZANE at the top in nice & disturbed criminal.=== Pour fans de KIDMAN, encore qu'elle soit beaucoup moins mise en valeur que dans EWS. Salut à Sam NEIL, trop tôt disparu. Billy ZANE au top en criminel dérangé et sympa. 2,5/5
Although starting with an extremely simple concept, the result is intricate, beautiful, and above all tense. All performances were unique and thoughtful, the cinematography was superb, and the nighttime boat inferno was stunning. Overall a fantastic thriller.
The motif of the invaded milieu of intimacy is given here an unexpectedly robust depiction with all the ingredients working to the film's credit: the psychoanalytical thalassic enveloping of the grieving couple, the inversion of the sociological dynamics where the new triad proves far more unstable than the dyadic Neill and Kidman (both excellent), the drowning tension of imminent death and the sharp cinematography.
It was well made and shot. The cinematography is beautiful. The director maintains the atmosphere excellently well through out. The beginning was, if anything, unnecessary. It does not add anything to the complexity of the characters. And the ending, as in the last one minute cheapened the effect, but it does not detract from enjoying the film.
Solid thriller from director Phillip Noyce, based on a novel by Charles Williams. Noyce does a great job of sustaining an atmosphere of dread through the film, and there are strong performances from Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, and (surprisingly) Billy Zane. Nothing extraordinary, but an entertaining suspense piece.
DEAD CALM is a decent straight-forward thriller. Director Phillip Noyce was able to keep the tension from start to finish. Although, the plot is quite predictable. Honestly, I think that "Rae's child" plot didn't give a great contribution in terms of Rae's characteristic. But don't worry, DEAD CALM is still an entertaining movie. Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman, and Billy Zane did a remarkable job in this movie. Good movie!
If there was any doubt that Billy should have his last name (In-Zane) than you should see him as a psycho in this Australian trapped-on-a-boat with Billy thriller. Nicole Kidman was still a gorgeous redhead here and the excellent Sam Neill is her husband. It is a tense little film that deliver what it should even if it is a reimaging of "Knife in the Water".