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Open Water (2003)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Horror  |  20 August 2004 (USA)
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Based on the true story of two scuba divers accidentally stranded in shark infested waters after their tour boat has left.



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A couple on a holiday in the Caribbean decide to spend the day on a scuba diving trip. But was it the wrong decision? When a mis-count happens on the boat, Susan and Daniel are left behind in the middle of the ocean, the boat long gone. With all their hopes set on the boat coming back to rescue them, they try to keep themselves safe, especially when sharks start to appear. Written by Film_Fan

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Otvorena voda  »

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Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,100,943 (USA) (6 August 2004)


$439,590 (South Africa) (10 December 2004)

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The entire movie cost less than half of the cost of a typical Hollywood movie's sound effects budget. See more »


Susan's octopus (the yellow spare regulator) goes from being unattached to her BCD to attached and back again throughout the film. See more »


[first lines]
Daniel: [on his cellphone] Hey Don. It's Daniel. Listen, don't put the boiler in until I get back. The framing inspection isn't for a couple of weeks, so we've got plenty of time. And I'll check in with you guys in a couple of days, OK? Take care. Bye.
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Crazy Credits

As the credits roll, a fisherman guts a dead shark. As he sorts through the contents of its stomach, he finds Susan and Daniel's yellow camera. See more »


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Performed by Shelton Swain, Stanley Swain, Ronald Swain & George McKenzie
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Open Water Incarnate
24 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yoshida Kenko once said something to the likes of that 'the most precious thing about life is the uncertainty of it'. Meaning accept every day as a very precious gift because you never know what may happen and Open Water is the Incarnate of that statement. A very good movie in real time that demonstrates how the basic instincts come out after being left in the ocean.

The male lead says something to the likes of 'we paid for them to drop us out here and leave us here.' The irony of this statement is that if one really thinks about it, we usually always pay to get in the trouble we're in. We get credit cards, and we put ourselves in debt. We go out and pay for drinks at a club and we get in fights off of our drunkenness that we paid for.

It's quite amusing if you think about it, but the movie is quite sad in how at any given moment, things can go horribly wrong. And they can go wrong in a sense that the smallest little thing goes wrong and you think it's no big deal, you'll be out of that situation soon, and then it's like a domino effect, it goes more wrong and more wrong, and then you think to yourself, 'I can't believe this is happening, I might die in this situation, this can't be happening, this was just a simple little mistake, how did it go this far?'

That's kind of what Open Water is in a nutshell, a simple mistake that seems like it will be fixed soon, but in the end, that's not the case. A very well structured and acted movie. Open Water is a very good demonstration of real time as if it were 'really' happening. The only other movie I can think off hand with that same 'real' affect is Funny Games. This is a movie I would recommend for the thought provoking nature of the material.

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