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Eden Lake (2008)
Not something I enjoyed
Reading about this movie online made it seem very interesting. However, once I started watching it I found too many flaws.
Reviews online make it seem like the couple are terrorized for no reason whatsoever. In reality, the character, Steve, did too many things wrong. I kept shaking my head at his decisions and thinking that all of this could have been avoided if he had just done things differently.
Already the storyline wasn't great, but I decided to watch it further just to finish. What kept me from finishing the last 30 minutes, was the gore. I am usually okay with it, but this is the prime example of what I can't stand. Close ups of the injuries being made. If it had been quick, I could have finished, but the scenes were drawn out and made me uncomfortable.
This may be a movie that someone else would enjoy, but not for people, like me, who want a stronger story and less gross scenes.
Open Water (2003)
Some parts great, some not so much
I started watching this movie not expecting a gory shark-fest, like most people have been. The premise of the film seemed interesting so I started watching it.
The beginning was able to keep my attention. You see the couple go out on the scuba trip and see how they get left behind. The middle lost my interest, but the end caught it again. It wasn't the sharks coming, but the scuba staff realizing the couple was missing, along with the couple's lives coming to an end.
The sharks were not the main part. It was getting stranded, with no way back, in a realistic situation.
However, while the story was good, the time spent waiting to be rescued was boring and didn't seem too realistic. The couple spent way over seven hours, just floating and waiting. They saw a boat, but when waving didn't get their attention, they gave up. Then they fell asleep for about three hours and drifted apart, quickly finding each other again after waking up. If they were willing to swim to find each other, they could have tried to swim to the boat or wherever they thought land was. Most people stranded at sea would probably try getting to rescue. If not, then the long time spent waiting in the movie should have been shorter.
This is a unique movie. It's probably unlike any made before. People wanting a gore fest with lots of shark attacks and blood should not bother watching this.
I give it 3 stars for keeping my attention some of the time, but it's not enough to get a really good score.
Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)
Idiots on a Boat
From the beginning, I knew the story would be a bit stupid. I decided to not judge right away. After all, they could have just immediately jumped off the boat without thinking about how to get back on. The thing was, they took their sweet time before going into the ocean. The aquaphobe girl and the yacht's owner were standing there, talking, for about ten minutes. Then he stupidly jumped into the water, taking her with him. What an a**.
Most people would think about how to get back on the boat before jumping off the (at least) twelve foot high deck. Not to mention that the ladder came down with a push of a button. How hard is it to remember the push a button? They should have done that as soon as they stopped in the water.
The mother leaving her baby onboard without anyone around was another mistake. At least one of them should have stayed to watch over her.
The movie put them in a situation that could have easily been worked through. They had six people. There are so many ways they could have worked their way back up onto the boat. Instead, we get two attempts to get back on. The rest of the time is being spent whining and crying about not being able to get back on, while possibly waiting for a ladder to magically appear. There is no sympathy to be felt for them. One of the characters tries to put a knife in the side of the boat so they can climb back up. The "owner" of the boat, flips out and refuses to let him do it, because it belongs to his boss, and ends up stabbing and killing his friend.
Everyone gave up way too quickly. One of the girls drowned herself. Another started swimming for shore, even though they were smack in the middle of the ocean. The rest didn't try anything, but float on their backs and stare at the sky.
At one point a cell phone rings and the coat it's in is hanging over the side of the boat, somehow in reach. When the call ends and the signal dies, the guy holding it throws it into the ocean. That was probably where I stopped feeling any despair for the characters.
In the end, this movie is stupid. You will be face-palming throughout the whole thing and wanting to choke the characters.
Land of the Lost (2009)
I went to see this movie with my younger cousins, not knowing what a terrible and inappropriate movie it was going to be.
It starts out alright, but not too long after it goes down a spiraling hill to being a bad movie. There were parts I didn't think were at all appropriate for anyone under 17 and I doubt many of the adults watching it appreciated the stupid sex jokes that were made over and over again. I wanted to drag them out of there, but they didn't know what most of the innuendo meant, so I wasn't too worried about that.
The movie had no plot whatsoever. If there was a plot, then I could not understand it. As far as I knew, there were people stuck in a remote place making stupid jokes and finding themselves in trouble every 5 minutes.
Don't waste your time on this movie. It's one of the worst, if not THE worst, films I've ever seen.