A group of heavily armed hijackers board a luxury ocean liner in the South Pacific Ocean to loot it, only to do battle with a series of large-sized, tentacled, man-eating sea creatures who had already invaded the ship.

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Stephen Sommers

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Stephen Sommers
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Treat Williams ... John Finnegan
Famke Janssen ... Trillian St. James
Anthony Heald ... Simon Canton
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Joey Pantucci
Wes Studi ... Hanover
Derrick O'Connor ... Captain Atherton
Jason Flemyng ... Mulligan
Cliff Curtis ... Mamooli
Clifton Powell ... Mason
Trevor Goddard ... T. Ray
Djimon Hounsou ... Vivo
Una Damon ... Leila
Clint Curtis ... Billy
Warren Takeuchi ... Radar Man (as Warren T. Takeuchi)
Linden Banks ... Communications Officer
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When a band of ruthless hijackers invade the world's most luxurious cruise ship, they're shocked to discover the passengers have mysteriously vanished! But that doesn't mean they are alone! Something terrifying is lurking just out of sight: a deadly force from the unexplored depths of the ocean that begins to snatch the horrified intruders one by one! Written by Greg Kleiner <LtJGBrewer@aol.com>

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Women and children first. You're next. See more »


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Rated R for sci-fi violence and gore | See all certifications »

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Talking about how Disney used to have Touchstone and Hollywood Pictures, Sommers comments that "now all they have is Star Wars and Marvel." See more »

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When Trillian gets the keys for the only undamaged Sea-Doo, it has a blue and white number 3 on it. The next scene in the trashed bay, there's no 3 on the Sea-Doo. The 3 returns thereafter. See more »

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Pantucci: Give me the parts.
Finnegan: [Mumbling] I lom...
Pantucci: E-lu-deh?
Finnegan: I lost them, okay, I lost them!
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Featured in Wet Cold Canadian Summer with Wes Studi (2018) See more »

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Girl From Ipanema
Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes
English Title by Norman Gimbel
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Stephen Sommers' best film.
10 April 2005 | by LennyRenquistSee all my reviews

It's just a tad better than the first Mummy, and it wees on Van Helsing like an incontinent dog.

When I first saw this movie, I had no idea what to expect. I was at the cinema one night, I'd just come out of a movie--can't remember which--and I saw the poster. The tagline, "Full Scream Ahead", seemed corny enough that it might be good. Then I noticed Famke Janssen was in it. Bonus. And it seemed like a good late-night B movie, to follow the one I'd just seen. I was there with a mate of mine, who was kind of indifferent. I twisted his arm, and he agreed.

Two hours later, I walked out, grinning like an idiot. It's silly, cliché-heavy, and utterly predictable. This movie rocks.

See, Sommers, and all the actors, KNOW that it's silly, cliché-heavy and predictable. In fact, THAT'S THE IDEA. It's also full of spot-on one-liners and gags, and the horror bits seem more intended to "gross-out" than to actually scare (the bit where a half-digested member of Hanover's team bursts out of one of the monsters--still alive, despite half his head being missing--is not for the weak of stomach). Most thrillers and horror movies set out to keep you "on the edge of your seat", but with this one I was too busy falling out of it with laughter.

Treat is...well...a TREAT as Finnegan, the rugged, all-American adventurer type. For a while I was disappointed that Bruce Campbell wasn't cast in the role, as it would have suited him perfectly. But I've since decided that Treat does a bang-up job, and deserves full praise. If he did more movies like this, I might become a fan.

Kevin J. O'Connor is hilarious as the sidekick grease-monkey (and performs all the better for not having to put on a stupid accent). He gets most of the best lines. Famke is great as always. Sexy, funny, and capable in the action scenes. Anthony Heald, as the villain, is hammy and over the top (in a good way) and Wes is...well, Wes. All the goons are fine, particularly Jason Flemyng and the late Trevor Goddard. It's nice to see a good mix of nationalities in there, and the playful in-fighting amongst them is a nice touch. Their assault rifles are cool, too. Funny though, I never noticed anyone reloading...

The special effects are just bad enough to work in this context, without appearing TOO lame. A few years before this movie was made, they'd have actually been considered brilliant. But Sommers realises that sometimes it's best not to actually SHOW the monsters. They swim along under the knee-deep water, the walls of the corridors buckle and threaten to collapse, gratings fly out of the floor directly behind the running characters...very effective.

The climax is about as far-fetched as it's possible to get. But it's done so well that, like all this movie's flaws, it doesn't matter.

If you're easily scared, this'll do the job. If you like tongue-in-cheek, B-grade action flicks, this is one to see. If you like movies that force you to think, make you change your outlook on life, and move you to tears...yeah, you should REALLY watch this. TO SEE WHAT YOU'RE MISSING OUT ON!


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Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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Tentacle See more »

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Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,737,793, 1 February 1998

Gross USA:

$11,203,026

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,203,026
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