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DEAD IN THE WATER
2018 / Horror, Sci-Fi
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Directed by Sheldon Wilson
Written by Sheldon Wilson
Starring Nikohl Boosheri, Nicole Fortuin, Bianca Simone Mannie, Skye Russell, Tanya van Graan and Christia Visser

The members of a ship's all-female crew are forced to fight for their lives against an unknown enemy while stranded in the middle of a massive storm 600 miles from shore.

The following tags are associated with this movie: monster
Dead in the Water (2018)
Review by Michael Mahoney

4 / 10
Oh boy. This Syfy film is pretty derivative of better movies from the past (such as 1989's Leviathan and 1998's Deep Rising), and doesn't bring anything remotely interesting to the story to make up for the lack of originality.

What hurts the movie most isn't necessarily the story, though, it's the fact that the cast (comprised almost entirely of females) is utterly one-dimensional. I finally ended up learning their names toward the end of the film, but there was very little about the characters that we really knew, aside from the fact they were all on a ship together. None of the actresses did much with their shallow characters, but that's more likely an issue with the script than the actresses themselves. I guess Nikohl Boosheri did the best, as tepid praise as that is.

The special effects weren't terrible, though I didn't care for the look of the parasitic organism. The stale nature of the story doesn't really lend much in the way of suspense and mystery past a certain point, though, and more so, I can't think of a reason to watch this when you could instead watch something like The Thing, or Leviathan, or even DeepStar Six. It just seems pointless, especially since there's not much context to this movie to begin with.

Dead in the Water is an apt name for this - unoriginal ideas combined with uninteresting characters leads to a film that doesn't take long to show how uninspired it all is. Theoretically, Syfy could have been able to cobble together something better than this (maybe along the lines of The Devil's Tattoo, also known as Ghost Rig, from 2003), but as it is, this movie is very much so below average.
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