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INTO THE BLUE

A group of divers find themselves in deep trouble with a drug lord after they come upon the illicit cargo of a sunken airplane.

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Genre: Action Adventure
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Cast: Paul Walker
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Writer: Ian Yap

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If you've walked by the cinemas recently and glanced at the pretty posters hanging on the wall, you've probably noticed that poster with the near naked couple just sanding there staring at something behind you. Pretty simple, isn't it? But sitting there amongst pictures of bloodied maids, zombified hands and axes and guns, the almost-bare couple evokes either the "Wowee! Pretty, sexy people prancing in the sea! I'm going to watch this!" or the "Bah, skin flick" thought into your cranium.

Whether or not you'll watch the movie boils down to what entertains you.
Is it a thick twisting plot, deep stories, fleshed out characters or artistic revelling?

Well if you've answered yes to any of the above, it's your lucky day!

'Cos I've just saved you ten bucks. Spend it on a few plates of fried kuay teow instead.

Now if instead what entertains you is thick twisted muscle, deep oceans, fleshy ladies and drug-induced revelling, this is your show.

"Into The Blue" brings blue oceans, blue skies, and blue bikinis to the big screen when it could have pretty much fit in on the idiot box instead. It's lacking the necessary 'oomph' to fill up the silver screen. You won't fall asleep, but you won't be yelping and yapping and yodelling about it two weeks after you've seen it. Well, at least not in ways mommy would approve of.

The show is as fresh as the cool sea breeze. Its been quite a while since we've had a show about amateur divers jumping into crystal clear waters looking for loot. The movie gives a little insight into the art of hauling gold from the sandy ocean floor, but then again, you may have been paying attention to the Discovery Channel and dismiss the insight as hogwash.

Jared (Walker) and Sam (Alba) live together in a run-down trailer in the Bahamas, Jared dreams of the big one - the shipwreck (and the subsequent looting of) that'll make his passions and dreams all come true. Sam is the supportive girlfriend that works at the local marine park. Righteous angels, both of them. Enter the not-as-righteous childhood buddy Bryce (Caan) and his play-thing for his holiday at the Bahamas, Amanda (Scott).

The four pretty people go diving, and lo and behold they stumble upon buried treasure that hints at a possible shipwreck!

Now if they ended the show here, it would totally suck.

So our dear director tosses in a wreckage of a cocaine-laden plane a scant hundred yards from the shipwreck. So, now there's the excuse to bring in various bad guys, crossbows, kidnappings and brawling. Jared wants the shipwreck, but cannot finance a proper expedition to retrieve it in totality. Bryce suggests selling the cocaine instead. Now, righteous Jared and Sam won't have any of it, while greedy (but still friendly) Bryce and Amanda must have either the sunken treasure, or the immediate cash from the coke.

Sure enough the 'good' buddy tries the easy way out, and ends them all in hot coconut soup as evil drug dealers, treacherous salvagers and irritated sharks enter the fray. Kind of reminds me of when Ah-Niu betrays Aaron Kwok in "Para Para Sakura".

The film picks up from here, trucks speed down alleyways, everyone loses their shirts, guns get upholstered, Alba dukes it out with a random bad guy (and boy does she ever do him in, I've never seen a bad guy get SO badly beaten up, broken fingers, GAFFINGgosh!), and Jared and Bryce do a high noon showdown underwater against the forces of evil. This part of the movie was spicy, the underwater fighting was well-shot and coordinated, although I never knew you could survive getting hit by one of those portable hand-held harpoon guns.

That's my two cents about "Into The Blue", and I think I only yawned once throughout.

Personally they should have made the characters deeper, give them some character traits, and dish out some continuity. The 'ocean adventure' genre has been left largely alone in recent years, and it might be good to do a few sequels, give it an Indiana Jones, or James Bond taste to it. Then again, they didn't, so bleh.

P/S No sharks were harmed in this movie.


Cinema Online, 23 September 2008
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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