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Into The Blue

Don't Hold Your Breath…

The fall movie season is frequently marked by two distinctly dissimilar kinds of films. The first type is the aspiring Oscar contender with challenging themes, complex characters, and perhaps even Nicole Kidman with a prosthetic nose. The second is the aspiring summer flick that didn't quite make the cut. Into The Blue falls into that unfortunate latter category. Populated with beautiful people behaving badly, Into The Blue drowns in an oppressive blue sea of mediocrity.

Paul Walker plays Jared, a hunky dive bum with a chip on his shoulder. Jared's down on his luck (yet again) after losing his snorkeling instructor job. Jared is counting on finding treasure on the ocean floor to turn things around. But, with a jalopy of a boat and barely fifty dollars to his name, Jared's future isn't looking too bright.

On the upside, he's got a drop dead girlfriend who sticks with him for reasons not entirely clear. Said nymph is the perpetually bikini clad Sam (Jessica Alba) who seems to also lust for treasure…just not quite as much as she does for Jared.

Things get complicated when Jared's moronic friend, Bryce (Scott Caan) with vapid blonde in tow meets up with Jared and Sam in the Bahamas for the requisite debauchery, buffoonery, and bullshit. Quicker than you can say troglodyte, the feeble foursome finds themselves in too deep as they uncover a crashed plane loaded with cocaine.

Aside from characters who just aren't particularly attractive people (despite their good looks) Into the Blue has other issues. Jared and company spend a considerable amount of time diving without oxygen tanks. On the surface, there's nothing wrong with this, but these four typically spend enough time under water to drink a cup of coffee and eat a few biscotti before surfacing for air. So much for suspending disbelief.

This may ultimately be a good thing as at the very least the characters can't speak and consequently seem a heck of a lot more attractive when they're swimming gracefully (that is, quietly) in the blue. Truly, this is perhaps the most redeeming quality of Into The Blue. Director John Stockwell pulls off some breathtaking underwater shots that nearly keep this film afloat.

Unfortunately, Into The Blue is laden with poorly written dialogue, shallow, unappealing characters, and enough holes to sink any ship. Into The Blue deserves a solid keelhauling or perhaps a simple deep-sixing would be more effective.

Rating: 1 out of 5 stars