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
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!