Open Water 2: Adrift

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Open Water 2: Adrift
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Hans Horn
Produced by
Written by
  • Adam Kreutner
  • David Mitchell
Music by Gerd Baumann
Cinematography Bernhard Jasper
Edited by Christian Lonk
  • Orange Pictures
  • Peter Rommel Productions
  • Shotgun Pictures
Distributed by Universum Film A.G.
Release dates
  • 10 July 2006 (2006-07-10) (Cambridge)
  • 10 August 2006 (2006-08-10) (Germany)
Running time
94 minutes
Country Germany
Language English
Budget $1.2 million
Box office $6.8 million[1]

Open Water 2: Adrift (called Adrift in the UK, Australia, and various other countries, and called Open Water 2 in Germany) is a 2006 German thriller filmed entirely in Malta, starring Eric Dane, Susan May Pratt, Richard Speight, Jr., Niklaus Lange, Ali Hillis, and Cameron Richardson. Promotional posters claim the film is based on actual events.

The script was written before Open Water (2003) was theatrically released. After Open Water became a success, Adrift was produced and the name was changed to Open Water 2: Adrift in some countries to capitalize on the success of the earlier film.


A group of friends, Amy (Susan May Pratt), James (Richard Speight, Jr.), Zach (Niklaus Lange), Lauren (Ali Hillis), Dan (Eric Dane), and his new girlfriend Michelle (Cameron Richardson) go for a weekend cruise on a yacht. Amy and James also bring their infant daughter, Sarah. Dan has also arranged a weekend getaway aboard a yacht.

The friends jump into the water for a swim. Amy suffering from (Aquaphobia), refuses to jump in. Partly as a prank, Dan forces Amy, and jumps into the water. However mistakenly, nobody thought to lower the ladder to re-board the ship, so they find themselves trapped in the water with only two masks, a dive knife, and a toy dolphin float. Minutes later, they see a boat of teenagers heading towards them. They tried to grab their attention, but the teenagers thought that they were just greeting them, before sailing off in the horizon. During the struggle, they tried using a phone to call for help, only to hear the voices of some well wishers, unable to get the caller's attention. Accidently, the phone gets knocked in the water.

Unable to climb the high, smooth sides of the boat, they tread water for a while. The group resorts to removing and using their bathing suits and clothes to make a rope. After a couple of attempts they manage to get one end of the rope wrapped around a railing. Instead of having the lightest person climb up, Dan attempts to climb up. He pulls himself up slowly and carefully, and his fingers brush the gunwale but the makeshift rope rips apart because no-one tried to boost him up, leaving a couple of pieces still wrapped around the railing. Now they are mostly naked and have only a partial rope.

Meanwhile, James goes underwater, and is fooling around with the prop, perhaps thinking to remove it and use it as a grappling hook, but he drops the knife. He desperately swims down after it and manages to catch it, but, now, his lungs are aching for air and he desperately swims for the surface. As he swims back up in a panic, he smacks his head under the boat, and sinks unconscious. He resurfaces slightly bloodied and with an apparent skull fracture. James is found by his girlfriend, where he is motionless, and does not speak. Zach gets the knife from James and starts stabbing the boat to get back up. During the confusion, Dan tries to stop Zach, but accidentally stabs him, and drops the knife.

In a fit of hysteria and fearing to incur attack of sharks attracted by the blood, Michelle begins to swim away, and goes under. Dan swims after her, and sees her lifeless body drifting underwater. He dives after her, but she sinks faster than he can swim down, and her body disappears into the depths.

After some time, Zach tells Lauren that he never told her that she looked really good one time on the beach. She holds him and begins crying and tells him that he will be able to tell her and see her when they get back to shore. He eventually dies as he did not leave the knife in to plug the wound, and she reluctantly lets go of his body which floats, face down.

After much waiting, Lauren says she refuses to die treading water and attempts to swim back to shore to find help. She is never seen again.

Later that night, during a rainstorm, James dies from his cranial injury. Dan unsuccessfully searches underwater for the knife. He slams his mask on the hull in frustration and the lens pops out. Remembering the attempt with the knife, Dan uses it to wedge in the crevice of the side door for the ladder, giving him a handhold. Amy climbs over his shoulders, finally stepping onto his hand wrapped around the lens, and manages to grab the gunwale and pull herself back on board. Once on board, she lowers the ladder for Dan and tends to her baby, Sarah. Amy, then notices Dan swimming away to drown out of guilt. She jumps back in to save him, reminding her of saving her father in the same manner, at a young age.

The next morning, a fishing boat approaches the yacht, seeing the lowered ladder and life ring still floating in the water – no one had pulled them in. The yacht appears empty except for the sound of baby Sarah crying on the lower deck. In the end, Amy and Dan, never saw each other again, and Lauren remains missing, drifting to an unknown island.



Critical response[edit]

Review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an overall score of 40% based on 10 reviews.[2]

Box office[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the film opened at 327 theaters, grossing £337,474, averaging £1,033 per theater.[3] 123 theaters dropped the film for the second weekend, and its ticket sales declined by 75 percent, making £85,541, averaging £419.[4] During the third weekend, the film's sales tumbled 90 percent after 183 more theaters dropped it, making £8,896.[5] The fourth weekend brought an additional 64 percent decline, and the film lost 13 theaters, while grossing £3,198.[6] In the UK, the film finished with an overall gross of £707,352.

In Germany, the film's opening weekend brought €293,601, averaging €3,764 at 78 theaters.[7] During the second weekend in Germany, the film grossed €121,997, averaging €1,564 at 78 theaters.[8] In Germany, the movie grossed at least €496,357.

In Spain, the film's opening weekend earned €270,396, averaging €1,767 at 153 theaters. During the second weekend, the film grossed €139,503. In Spain, the film grossed at least €713,834.[9]

The film has grossed £2,583,205 worldwide.


  1. ^ "Open Water 2: Adrift (2006)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Open Water 2: Adrift at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ "United Kingdom Box Office, September 1–3, 2006". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  4. ^ "United Kingdom Box Office, September 8–10, 2006". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  5. ^ "United Kingdom Box Office, September 15–17, 2006". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  6. ^ "United Kingdom Box Office, September 22–24, 2006". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  7. ^ "Germany Box Office, August 10–13, 2006". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  8. ^ "Germany Box Office, August 17–20, 2006". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  9. ^ "Spain Box Office, September 1–3, 2006". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 

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