Blu-ray Review: DEAD WATER

DEAD WATER was directed by Chris Helton from a screenplay by Jason Usry and stars Casper Van Dien, Brianne Davis, Griff Furst and Judd Nelson.

John (Van Dien) invites his buddy David “Coop” Cooper and his attractive wife Vivian onto his new yacht, encouraging the couple to relax and get away from it all. They embark on a sea journey on John’s yacht, The Bella which, becomes the stage for a deadly game that puts friendships and lifetime love to the test. As the ship treks farther into the open horizon, the characters become more isolated; and an unexpected mechanical malfunction leaves the yacht dead in the water, they decide to launch a mission to seek help. But is soon met by a modern day pirate (Nelson) which becomes a fight for survival in the dead open water.

Dead Water follows Coop (Griff Furst) and his wife Vivian (Brianne Davis) who get invited to get away from it all by their close friend John (Casper Van Dien) who just picked up a new yacht. Coop is a marine who’s suffering from PTSD and his beautiful wife is a reporter who’s trying to help her husband deal with his painful memories of war. The thing is, John was there for Vivian while Coop was serving in the military and the two ended up becoming really close. You see where I’m going with this?

They head out to sea and Coop quickly notices that something is off with John with the way he’s been acting towards them. Needless to say, something isn’t right and the soldier picks up on it. The trio is out in the middle of the sea away from civilization and then McLean (Judd Melson) suddenly appears on another boat. He’s a pirate who’s up to no good and there’s a sinister agenda at play. Coop is the target so he goes into survival mode and has to stop this mysterious new threat as well as confront his frenemy about what’s been going on. The relaxing trip to sea turns into a fight for survival as the truth finally comes out.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Dead Water was an okay watch but nothing really special. We’ve gotten a number of movies like this over the years that feature the same concept so that part of Dead Water simply felt like a rehash. The cast on the other hand is what drives this suspenseful thriller and I thought they did a great job with their characters. It plays like a tangled web between these three characters and when the fourth mysterious figure shows up things really get complicated. The marine is the target all along but who’s all behind what’s going on? Even though this story isn’t very original, there is some mystery and suspense to the movie thanks to the characters. All in all, I’d say Dead Water is good enough for a one time watch but that’s about it. It’s in the same vein as Dead Tide and many others if that’s any help. Dead Water will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on September 17th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 90 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: N/A

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