Two Came Back (1997 TV Movie)
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If the producers would change the name of this film and delete the opening sequence, this would be a truly dramatic film.
Nonetheless, it still worth watching for the performances and lessons taught.
With all due respect to Melissa Joan Hart, Jonathan Brandis gave some truly spirited moments in this film, particularly when the characters are finally rescued. Ms. Hart, who is quite talented, could learn to show strong emotion on screen, when it is appropriate.
'Two Came Back' has some exciting moments, but overall it's just too predictable. The problems begin with the title, which discloses the number of survivors before the movie even begins. Within the first 30 minutes, it's pretty obvious which two characters will make it through.
If you're a teenager who's a huge fan of Melissa Joan Hart, you'll love this film. If not, you're likely to find it way too predictable and boring.
The 'effects' were even worse: If you as a want to depict a storm on film, you will have to make sure that the boat involved rocks way more than it would in a small lake with a light breeze, if it is to be at all believable. Which it wasn't.
The soundtrack sounded like bad 80's muzak and was annoyingly present throughout the movie.
The 'plot' was very straightforward, no surprises there - apart from the fact that some of the characters surprised me by being totally out of character.
Steer clear away from this crap.
The title ruins the movie. A lot of their survival tips were completely ridiculous ('don't drink seawater' was the only acceptable one).
The acting was poor, but maybe that was just because the script was cheesy. It's really a shame that Melissa Joan Hart and Jonathan Brandis chose to appear in this movie--they could both do waaaaaaaaaaaaay better. I don't even know if you could say that they were acting--there was no real emotion and zero believability.
If you're a fan of either Melissa Joan Hart or the late Jonathan Brandis, you'll lose respect for them if you see this movie. Avoid it at all costs.
This movie is based on a true story (I know 'cos I've read it), and the plot progresses very well. A few of the characters make personality changes subtle and believable, as the mood tensed up.
I didn't think too much of the camera-work though. Sometimes it looked more like a documentary than a movie, with choppy scenes and erratic moves.
I saw it because of Jonathan Brandis, but the movie's really more about Melissa Joan Hart's character. Good movie, and it's got a 7/10 from me.
How to summon up this movie... it takes a little bit of the original story, removes all the terrifying parts and adds a cheesy love-drama which distracts completely from the horrible event. Who wants to see two idiot men fist-fighting when the boat is sinking? That literally sucked out all suspension. And of course, the first 30 minutes of the movie consists of these characters whining about who loves who.
The acting is also mediocre compared to the "I shouldn't be alive" episode. One of the women barely looks bothered by her injuries, she just whines that her back is aching. They kept the part where one goes delusional and waves the hands, but it just looks goofy because of the terrible acting.
One of the women on the boat dies, but you never really get a feeling she is dying. Besides the leg, she looks pretty healthy and just seems annoyed when they try to help her. When she finally croaks, they just sob a little, then cut and her body is gone from the boat. Of course they didn't show what they did because it would be too "scary".
They also removed the scariest part about the survivor story when one of the men jumps into the water. In this movie, he just jumps into the water and swims off never to be seen again. That's it. Which also spawned the terrible line of "He didn't die - he killed himself."
In conclusion: The movie is just boring, the characters don't look like they are starving or dehydrated. I didn't care for a single person in this movie. It's as if they took a horrible event and then made it so cheesy you wouldn't think it ever happened. Just watch the "I Shouldn't Be Alive" episode instead.