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The Surface (2014)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 15 May 2015 (USA)
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Two strangers, both at the end of their rope, suddenly meet in the middle of the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan.

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... Mitch
... Kim
... Kelly
... Bank Manager
... Cheering Fan
... Factory Worker
... Nelson, Fox TV Cameraman
... John
Megan Lorie ... Amanda Enright
David John Rosenthal ... Fisherman
Dylan Simon ... Cheering Fan
Rachel Renee ... Laurie
Robert A. Smith
Sam Fuhrer ... The Waterskier
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Two strangers, both at the end of their rope, suddenly meet in the middle of the unpredictable waters of Lake Michigan.

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Sometimes You Look For The End. Sometimes It Looks For You.

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Sean Astin & Chris Mulkey both appeared on the popular TV show 24, Sean in season 5 & Chris in season 7. See more »

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After bringing Kelly on board his boat Mitch attempts to start his boat to take them home but the motor sputters and smokes and won't start. But when he pulls the motor up he finds that the prop has broken off which would not have caused the problems previously shown. See more »

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Kelly: When I was a child, my mother used to say to me, "If you had another brain, it would be lonesome." Talking to you, I finally understand what she meant.
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Two Guys in a Boat
22 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Survival movies come in many shapes and styles. There are classy ones like All is Lost (with Robert Redford) and Life of Pi (Academy Award nominee). There are thrilling ones like The Edge (with Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins). And of course there are the kinda trashy ones that usually feature beautiful and clueless people stuck on an island somewhere like in Turistas (with Josh Duhamel).

What we rarely see are survival movies that just don't have much going on. Open Water is about the closest to this latest from director Gil Cates, Jr and writer Jeff Gendelman, but at least that one offered the constant threat of a shark attack.

Sad sack Mitch (Sean Astin) visits his Alzheimer's-stricken mom in the nursing home before heading out to the middle of Lake Michigan in what he plans as his final voyage in life. At the most inopportune time – given his goal – it's his boat that is rendered lifeless thanks to the scattered pieces of a plane crash. Mitch drags the survivor (Chris Mulkey) aboard and the two fellows proceed to prove that their philosophizing and reminiscing are no match for the conversational skills of a boy and his tiger (Life of Pi).

Flashbacks are the key to us understanding the reasons these two crossed paths in such an unusual manner. We see Mitch's guilt and inability to be a worthy partner in a relationship, and we see pilot Kelly's desperation in trying to making ends meet for his family and regaining his confidence as a man.

There are a couple of funny "guy" moments (the poet comment made me laugh), yet somehow the conversation of these two men in a life-threatening situation pales in comparison to the exchanges of two gents over a meal in My Dinner with Andre. Where is the danger? Where is the stress? Where is the soul-searching? It's unfortunate that the extended periods of two guys in a boat just don't have much to offer for the 86 minute run time, because the stage was set for much more than melodrama.


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