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Movie Review

Into The Blue

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, drug material, some sexual content and language

Reviewed by: Bob Rossiter
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Primary Audience:
Adults Teens
Genre:
Action Adventure
Length:
1 hr. 50 min.
Year of Release:
2005
USA Release:
September 30, 2005
Featuring: Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan, Ashley Scott, Josh Brolin
Director: John Stockwell
Producer: David A. Zelon
Distributor: MGM
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Why are people supposed to wear clothes? Answer


How important are your morals? What kind of priority do friends and loved ones hold in your life? If someone offered you ten million dollars, would you consider violating your conscience (at least temporarily), changing friends, or giving up on those you love? Jared (Paul Walker) and Sam (Jessica Alba) have to make these decisions in “Into the Blue.”

The two live on love and little else. They own a fixer upper house and a boat that has more water in it than out of it. Sam works at a local aquarium doing shark shows, but in their free time they dive for treasure. Jared’s brother, Bryce (Scott Caan), shows up with his newest girlfriend, Amanda (Ashley Scott). Soon after their arrival the foursome make a couple of important finds during a free-dive. They find some remains of a ship thought to be a myth (and supposedly loaded with millions in gold). They also found the wreck of a cargo plane full of cocaine.

These treasure hunting divers face two problems, however. They don’t have the finances or equipment needed to prove they have a right-of-claim on the ship wreckage, and if they report the cargo plane, the authorities will cordon off the area, thus ending their dig. Jared wants to report the plane’s whereabouts and cargo to authorities, but his brother has other plans. He and Amanda want to bring up some of the cocaine and sell it to finance their other recovery.

The rest of the movie is fairly predictable. Jared and Sam have a falling out for awhile. Bryce and Amanda’s plan doesn’t go quite as planned, and in the end everyone has to work together to save an innocent party. “Into the Blue” wasn’t more creative because the purpose of the movie had nothing to do with the script. As a matter of fact, much of the movie was simply people swimming underwater with no conversation at all.

The “friends are more important than money” theme would have made a great movie in its own right, but evidently the movie makers weren’t so sure. It seems they wanted to push the limits to see how much skin they could show and still have a PG-13 rating. They make a spoof at the beginning of the movie by picturing a woman who appears to be at least 200 lbs over her ideal weight. The fact that she’s wearing a skimpy bikini brought giggles and groans from those at the theatre.

Sam and Amanda wear bikinis or underwear throughout a good share of the film. There’s no way to count how many times the cameraman zoomed in on the butt or cleavage of these two female actresses. In one scene, Amanda is sunbathing with just her briefs on. The shot is from behind so nothing else is shown. When the authorities arrive, she greets them topless, but since the camera shot is still from behind only, the side of one breast is seen. The only sex scenes in the movie included passionate kissing only.

There are 25 obscenities spoken, as well as 10 uses of God’s name. This doesn’t include the multiple uses of innuendo which peppered the film. This may seem light to some, but since several scenes had no conversation, it becomes quite frequent.

There were several beautiful camera sweeps of reefs and aquatic life. Jared and Sam also stayed true to their convictions, opposing illegal drugs—even to their detriment. In spite of these positives, I wouldn’t recommend seeing “Into the Blue.” It just isn’t worth watching.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Heavy

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Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Positive—A great rental! My husband and I were surprised at how entertaining and suspenseful this movie was. No nudity or sex shown—just some skimpy bathing suits.
My Ratings: Average / 4
—Angela, age 39
Neutral—A good film ruined by swearing and half-naked people swimming around, when it wasn’t needed. It put me off wanting to see it again anytime soon.
My Ratings: Offensive / 1
—Deacon, age 24

Comments from young people
Neutral—When the movie started I was a little nervous because there was a lot of skin showing, but once they started getting into the story they were either wearing clothes or they were underwater, so it wasn’t too bad. There was some bad language but it was not constant. The topless scene was a little bit much, but technically it didn’t show any more skin than the bikinis the girls wore throughout the film.

This movie was pretty suspenseful towards the end, and I left the movie feeling like I spent a good two hours of my time. I don’t think kids should watch this or people who are really against skin showing. The only reason I rated this film average was (a) the language and (b) the way one of the females used her body.
My Ratings: Average / 3
—Brittany, age 17
Movie Critics
…Bikini-action fare almost campy enough to be worthy. Except it’s not…
—Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bob Longino
…director John Stockwell appears to have found his niche: movies about beautiful young people in designer swimwear, drawn to a life of sun and ocean and 4-hour workouts…
—Detroit Free Press, Terry Lawson
…doesn’t hold water—or interest… the only good acting is done by the sharks…
—The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Meg Jones
…The movie is written, acted and directed as a story, not as an exercise in mindless kinetic energy…
—Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert
…has unexpected depths… a comic thriller…
—Boston Globe, Wesley Morris