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Ghost Ship

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Warner Home Video, DVD, 2002, Rated R, 1 hr. 31 min.

This movie had such promise because of the many different plots that could have been used and the many different stories that could have been told and intertwined.  As it is, it's the tale of a sea salvage crew, who are enticed by a man to find an Italian luxury cruise ship, the Antonia Graza, which has been missing since 1962 with her 600 passengers and 500 crew.  When the scavengers find the ship, they discover that there are bigger problems to deal with other than the fact that the liner is sinking.

 While entertaining, I felt there was so much more that could have been done with the film.  It's as if the makers of the film decided that they needed to save money so they scraped a few sub-plots that could have made the movie really amazing.

The opening scene alone is worth a rental, but it's deceptive because I expected to see more of the type of gruesomeness and shock it offers.

The movie has a strong cast led by Gabriel Byrne and Julianna Margulies.  Unfortunately, their characters are never quite developed and when that happens in a horror movie, you know they do not have long to live.  Nor do you care.  

Gabriel Byrne (Murphy) was sadly underused in this film.  He has a strong screen presence and it would have been good for him to have more plot to work with.  The seemingly close relationship between Murphy and Epps (Julianna Margulies) is never fully explained and it's unclear whether they are more like father/daughter or old flames. 

What is also unclear is why the ship hasn't been found in 40 years.  The reason it's a ghost ship is understandable, but why the "evil" is looking for more victims is not.

The special effects are pretty good - but again, I wanted to see more of them.  The explosions and bloody pool are well-done and authentic. 

All this aside, I was still mildly entertained, because I liked the cast and had hope for character development and plot twists.  Simply put, there could have been so much more.  A haunted ship on a desolate sea, for goodness sake - the possibilities are endless!

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The salvage crew

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 Francesca (Francesca Rettondini)

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 Katie (Emily Browning)

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Greer (Isaiah Washington)

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Murphy (Gabriel Byrne)

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Massacre on the ship

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Souls in the sea

The DVD special features include:

  • Designing the Ghost Ship
  • Mudvayne music video: Not Falling
  • Theatrical Trailer

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QUICK FACTS

Studio

Warner Brothers

Genre

Horror

Rating

R

Length

91 Minutes

Color

Yes

Sound

Yes

 

CAST

Actor / Actress

Character

Gabriel Byrne

Murphy

Julianna Margulies

Epps

Ron Eldard

Dodge

Desmond Harrington

Ferriman

Isaiah Washington

Greer

Alex Dimitriades

Santos

Karl Urban

Munder

Emily Browning

Katie

Francesca Rettondini

Francesca

Boris Brkic

Chief Steward

 

CREW

Steve Beck

Director

Robert Zemeckis  

Producer

Joel Silver

Producer

Gilbert Adler

Producer

Gale Tattersall

Cinematographer

http://www.ghostshipmovie.com/

Reviewed by: Hauntmistress 4/25/2003

 
   

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