Into the Blue (2005 film)

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Into the Blue
Into the Blue poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Stockwell
Produced by David Zelon
Written by Matt Johnson
Starring Paul Walker
Jessica Alba
Music by Paul Haslinger
Cinematography Shane Hurlbut
Peter Zuccarini
Edited by Nicolas De Toth
Dennis Virkler
Production
company
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • September 30, 2005 (2005-09-30)
Running time 110 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million[1]
Box office $44,434,439[2]

Into the Blue is a 2005 American action film starring Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin and Scott Caan. The film was directed by Top Gun actor John Stockwell, and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures.

Plot[edit]

Jared (Paul Walker) and Sam (Jessica Alba) are two lovers living a rustic life in a trailer, next to the beach in the Bahamas. Sam works as a guide in the local aquatic theme park, "Atlantis", and Jared has worked a number of odd jobs in his field of passion, diving. His real dream, though, is finding one of many merchant and pirate ships lost in the waters around the Bahamas, many of them with large amounts of gold on board.

Jared's friend Bryce (Scott Caan) and his girlfriend Amanda (Ashley Scott) come to visit, as Bryce, a lawyer in New York City, has acquired the use of a luxury vacation house from a client he defended. While snorkeling, Jared comes across artifacts that seem to stem from a ship wreck. The four of them investigate and find several other pieces that turn out to be the remains of a legendary French pirate ship, the Zephyr, lost as the pirate made his getaway.

Without Jared's knowledge, Bryce and Amanda come up with a plan to retrieve some of the cocaine from the sunken plane and sell it to local night club owner Primo (Tyson Beckford). Unfortunately, Primo turns out to be an associate of drug lord Reyes (James Frain) to whom the cocaine belonged in the first place. Reyes, wanting his cocaine back, threatens Jared, Amanda and Bryce at gunpoint to bring him his cocaine or die.

Back on land, the trio breaks the bad news to Sam, who is heartbroken that Jared would violate his principles and work for drug lords. He tries to convince her that it's okay and that it's a one-time thing, but she leaves him, saying that 'they' are over.

As they are moving the cocaine packs from the plane to their surface boat, Amanda is attacked by a tiger shark. She is brought to the hospital where she dies due to a huge bite out of her left leg. Hearing of the tragedy, Sam comes to the hospital and she and Jared are reunited.

Meanwhile, Sam insists on going to the police, and goes to the private home of one of their friends, a local cop named Roy (Dwayne Adway). Bryce drops her off, but thinking they'll get busted, heads off to meet Jared.

The Sea Robin heads for the location where Jared directs them, but as they approach the area, they see a white substance floating on the surface. Bryce has switched places with one of the dead pilots, and they use this to mount a surprise attack. An underwater struggle follows, killing all of Bates' men and wounding Bryce.

Below, Jared and Bates are the only ones left. Jared uses an air tank as a missile by hammering off the valve. Bates escapes it, but as it hits the fuel tank at the back of the plane, it causes the entire plane to explode, killing Bates. Sam jumps into the water, fearing for Jared's life.

This segues into a scene six weeks later, where the trio is salvaging the Zephyr. After trying to bring an old cannon atop fails and the cannon sinks back down to the bottom, Sam and Jared call it a night.

Cast[edit]

Filming[edit]

The special features section of the DVD chronicles how much of the film was filmed as live action shots in the sea off the Bahamas, with live, wild sharks. It shows film crews wearing chain mail as protection whilst the cast perform in the water unprotected. The filming was made possible by the development of shark tourism in the Bahamas. The sharks are used to being hand fed and will not generally attack humans but as a result will grab any item that "hits" the water as potential food. In an early scene Paul Walker has to grab two fins and a dive mask flung to him by Alba. During filming he missed the mask. It was never seen again after hitting the water and the DVD suggests that it was taken by a shark.

Reception[edit]

The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes lists it with a "rotten" rating of 21% based on 119 reviews. The site's consensus is: "Even the endless shots of bronzed beach babes and buffed dudes can't keep this soggy scuba flick's plot from drowning".[3] Metacritic lists a rating of 45 out of 100 based on 28 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[4]

Jessica Alba earned one of two Golden Raspberry Award nominations that year for Worst Actress for her performance in the film (as well as for her performance in Fantastic Four), but lost the trophy to Jenny McCarthy for Dirty Love.

Box office performance[edit]

Into the Blue was a box office flop. Produced on a budget of $50 million, the film made just $18 million in North America and $26 million internationally for a total of $44 million worldwide.

Home media[edit]

Into the Blue was released on VHS and DVD-Video on December 26, 2005 (it was the final MGM film released on VHS). It was released on Blu-Ray on August 15, 2006.

Soundtrack[edit]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel, Into the Blue 2: The Reef, has been released on direct to DVD status. The cast consists of Chris Carmack, Laura Vandervoort, Audrina Patridge and Mircea Monroe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Into the Blue". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Into the Blue". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Into the Blue". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  4. ^ Metacritic (Into The Blue)

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