Into the Blue (2005)

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A group of barge sailors accidentally find buried treasure on the ocean floor and come across deadly pirates. Peter Benchley’s “The Deep”? No you fool, this parade of good looking people and much ridiculousness is called “Into the Blue”, yet another remake. Take the old time storytelling devices and implement the sentiment of today’s culture by juicing it up with a cast full of pretty people with no particular acting ability. If “Into the Blue” is any indicator, the producers were more compelled to flash us than provide a story that wasn’t contrived or incredibly far-fetched. Two young people who should be models are poor in a trailer and go deep sea diving for sunken barges for cash; a plane crashes, and they discover a butt load of cocaine but cross some fierce mobsters and pirates on the way to staking their claims.

Now, here are my questions for the plot: if a plane experienced a horrible crash, why didn’t anyone see it? Why was the wreckage so close to shore? Why didn’t anyone notice they’d died? If the shipments were illegal why didn’t anyone come to look for them? If there was treasure in the wrecked plane carrying it, how come no one missed it? What is someone living in a trailer without wheels doing with a cell phone? These are the line of endless questions that I posed to myself and the writers, whose lack of common sense and logic applied to the story were sorely missed. With often very shaky direction from John Stockwell, I was never sure what the film was supposed to be at all. Was it intended as a light adventure or a dark thriller? Stockwell included both elements in to it and none of it ever made any real sense. We’re also forced to sit through many bad performances here, from Paul Walker who is wooden like the boat he commutes on.

Then there’s Jessica Alba, who can’t pull in a good performance to save her life. She fails to demonstrate any skill here whatsoever, and just delivers the almost endless clunky dialogue like a pure amateur. Josh Brolin, for the small time he is on-screen, really manages to come off as a threatening and very intimidating villain with his bushy goatee and easygoing smile, but really steals the scenes he’s in as a brutal and creepy villain for the characters here and he provided a lot of the entertainment I was sorely looking for. With one-dimensional villains that had the ability to be extremely involving, the script botches all hope the film has of being an enjoyable piece of adventure fare. The story drudges on for two hours with a nonsensical concept that never really attempted to make a lick of sense or become exciting. Though the film does have some beautiful cinematography, and a show stealing performance from Josh Brolin, “Into the Blue” is essentially a waste of time remake with a nonsensical story that is longer than it has the right to be, and clichés galore.