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Running Time:
1 hour, 19 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language and some nudity

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This low-budget indie film has tension and realism and the unknown leads are totally convincing.

Additional Info:
Using digital video cameras they bought after researching equipment on the Internet, filmmakers Chris Kentis and Laura Lau became a crew of two -- there were no electricians, gaffers, makeup people, or boom handlers. The couple edited the movie at home on their computer. Costars Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis, who provide one of the two commentaries for the DVD, confirm something else discussed in the behind-the-scenes featurette: They performed all their own scenes in shark-infested waters without stunt doubles, relying on a "shark wrangler" to keep their finny colleagues well fed and properly motivated.

Open Water
When overworked couple Daniel Travis and Blanchard Ryan head off for an exotic scuba-diving trip, unfortunate happenstance leaves them accidentally abandoned in the middle of the ocean. They're hot, hungry, tired and, oh, surrounded by a bunch of sharks looking for dinner. Like The Blair Witch Project, this digitally shot film ratchets up the tension with the power of the unknown as the two try to keep their heads about them without losing their body parts to sharks which beset them. This indie film written, directed and edited by Chris Kentis runs the gamut of real emotions with honest dialogue and fear. Due to the film's low budget, real sharks were used during the filming. It'll leave you with the creeps and make you think twice about swimming in the ocean for the rest of the summer.

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