Paul Walker Weekend – Into The Blue (2005)

logoDirector: John Stockwell

Writer: Matt Johnson (Screenplay)

Starring: Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan, Ashley Scott, Josh Brolin, James Frain, Tyson Beckford, Dwayne Adway

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

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

Verdict: Deep Sea Dribble

Story: Into the Blue starts with a plane going down during a storm where it crashes into the ocean lost at sea. Now we meet our main characters Jared (Walker) a diving instructor who takes tourists on dives, Sam (Alba) who works with sharks on a tourist sea life. This makes us have a madly in love leading couple. We meet treasure hunter Bates (Brolin) who Jared once worked for and is always ready to offer Jared a job back. When hot shot lawyer friend Bryce (Caan) turns up with new flame Amanda (Scott) Jared finds himself with a new boat as the four go out and enjoy the sun, sea and the dive.

The friends discover the plane from the opening scene and a shipment of drugs leaving the friends to decide to try and figure out what to do with the discovery. Jared and Sam convince the other two to explore the area for historical treasure before reporting the plane where the friends discover treasure that will make them rich beyond their wildest dreams. Everything takes a turn an hour into the film when Bryce & Amanda try to sale the drugs back to the dealer Reyes (Frain) who ends up forcing them into retrieving his drugs in 12 hours or he kills everyone he loves.

Into the Blue is clearly a film that ended up going on too long, mainly because we have a good hour of the story where we just see our four characters diving and deciding whether to search for the treasure or not. Literally no villain is introduced until around the hour mark which makes us lose a lot interest in what is happening. Once the villain is introduced we end up with a good action thriller that keep you guessing that does have a few questionable fights. I feel if you cut around half the opening pointless diving out we would have a much more interesting film. (6/10)

Actor Review

Paul Walker: Jared is the experienced diver who wants to go into treasure hunting with his girlfriend Sam, when his old friend joins them on the island of the Bahamas they go in search a good time where they discover a treasure. Jared is an honest man who will protect his men but is also ambitious. Paul does a good job showing he could be a leading man in the industry with this role. (7/10)jared

Jessica Alba: Sam is Jared’s girlfriend who works in the world of sea life where she gives talks on sharks to tourist. She is an experienced diver too where she ends up helping in the treasure hunt but on the honest side of the law. Jessica brings her beauty to the role where she gets to play the good girl girlfriend. (7/10)sam

Scott Caan: Bryce is the lawyer friend of Jared & Sam’s who comes to the island with a new fling for a good old catch up with his old friends. He is very crazy with his money where he has got to the level where he does spend to impress, he makes the bad decision with his new fling to try and deal with them about the rugs they have discovered. Scott ends up playing that friend that always gets you into trouble well. (7/10)bryce

Ashley Scott: Amanda is the free styling girlfriend who is a loose cannon from the start, she likes to party and could easily be the reason why everything gets out of hand. She doesn’t think about the others with any decision she makes. Ashley does a solid job in this role being the almost villain in the piece when it comes to dealing with the three friends. (6/10)amanda

Josh Brolin: Bates is a fellow treasure hunter who doesn’t always play by the rules when he is working on ideas, but he does have honour when it comes to fellow divers. Well his surface looks like an honest guy but he really is working with Reyes. Josh brings the role of the nice guy villain to the forefront showing he was ready to start making a serious impact in Hollywood. (7/10)bats

James Frain: Reyes is the drug dealer who plane has crash landed in the ocean, he ends up blackmailing Jared into bringing him is drugs back in 12 hours or he will kill everyone he loves. James only appears in one scene where he does make an impact. (6/10)

Support Cast: Into the Blue has a supporting cast that includes the drug dealers and their men along with the honest folks of the island that help Jared, they all become generic without making a really impact in the final story.

Director Review: John StockwellJohn brings us a solid action thriller that does have a few longer than needed scenes but will satisfy the fans of the stars. (6/10)

Action: Into the Blue is very generic even if they try to make parts under water fights and chases which doesn’t quite work. (5/10)

Thriller: Into the Blue doesn’t pull you in until the final half of the film where things get a lot more interesting. (6/10)

Settings: Into the Blue uses the Bahamas as its setting which works for the idea behind the film perfectly. (10/10)

Suggestion: Into the Blue is one for the action fans to try, I do think the fans of the stars will enjoy but I know for a fact I would rather watch Fool’s Gold again. (Try It)

Best Part: Final kill.

Worst Part: First half.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has a sequel

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Fool’s Gold

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $18 Million

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: Temptation is bliss

Overall: Underwater action film that nearly drowns before being saved but left adrift

Rating 55


2015 Watched List Part 4

Over the past year I have seen an incredible amount of films and I have decided to share with you all which ones I have seen in what order. I am going to be doing these in groups of ten, where I will pick my favourite of the bunch and the worst of the bunch. I am also offering just for fun a chance for you all to guess which actor/actress I have seen the most films off.

So without further ramblings here we go 31- 40:

1. Rush Hour logo Two cops team up to get back a kidnapped daughter. The beginning of one of the best buddy cops pairings.

2. Rush Hour 2logo Carter and Lee head to Hong Kong for vacation, but become embroiled in a counterfeit money scam. Part two of the trilogy this time in Hong Kong.

3. Rush Hour 3 logo After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Lee and Carter head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads’ secret leaders. The final part of the trilogy that still is filled with laughs.

4. Big Hero 6 logo The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. A delightful animated film.

5. Ejecta logo The story of one night on earth that changed everything we know about the universe. A sci-fi film that could be forgotten.

6. The Pact logo As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother’s death and the disappearance of her sister, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home. This horror has a very good twist that you won’t see coming.

7. Ghosts of Mars logoYears in the future, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house. Considered one of Carpenter’s worst but really is just a lot of fun.

8. 300 Rise of an Empire logo Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy. This is one I didn’t enjoy and feel it was way too late coming.

9. Ginger Snaps logo Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf. One of the best werewolf films from modern cinema.

10. Dead Again.logo An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection. A clever idea for a film that has fantasy elements to a thrilling storyline.

The Best – Big Hero 6logo

The Worst – 300 Rise of an Empirelogo

Star leading the way – Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker thanks to Rush Hour.