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Ghost Ship (2002)

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Genres:
Horror, Supernatural Horror
Director:
Steve Beck Steve Beck
Starring:
Gabriel Byrne Gabriel Byrne
Julianna Margulies Julianna Margulies
Ron Eldard Ron Eldard
Desmond Harrington Desmond Harrington
Isaiah Washington Isaiah Washington

4.8 / 10 - Overall Rating

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In a remote region of the Bering Sea, a boat salvage crew discovers the eerie remains of a grand passenger liner thought lost for more than 40 years. Once on-board, the crew must confront the ship's horrific past and face the ultimate fight for their lives. --IMDb
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Review by Chad
Added: May 15, 2004
A team of salvage workers, fresh off a journey to recover a boat, get a lead on a luxury boat floating about in the sea while sucking down some booze at a bar. The guy tipping them off, Jack, agrees to ten percent of the findings, and he gets to come along for the ride. When the team finds the boat, they find out that it's the Antonia Graza, an Italian luxury ocean liner. Apparently, back in 1962, this boat and all of the crew vanished without a trace or a distress signal. Murphy, the captain of the salvage crew, realizes how much money they could make by bringing this liner in, so everybody gets to work on their salvage duties. However, Maureen, one of the main salvaging people, starts seeing the ghost of a child in various locations on the ship, but of course, she ignores all that and continues with her work. When their salvaging boat mysteriously explodes, the whole crew is stuck on the ocean liner, which is slowly sinking due to a hole in the side. While hanging around on the boat trying to figure out what to do next, they slowly learn what happened to all the people, and realize they're not alone....

This movie starts out so nicely. We see the liner back in 1962, with all the people on board having fun, dancing, drinking, the usual.... until a wire snaps and cuts through everybody on the upper deck, slicing them all in half at various points in their bodies. This leads to a huge pile of flesh and gore, which was quite the sight to see; this scene has to rank in the top twenty cinematic moments of modern (post-2000) films. After all this is over and done with, we're back in modern times with the salvaging crew and whatnot. A very nice storyline is built up, some good visuals are presented, and then.... the movie takes a huge shit and dies.

This here paragraph contains spoilers. Skip if you like. It's quite easy to pinpoint exactly where everything went to hell with this movie. Maureen tracks down the ghost of the child she'd been seeing, and has a nice little conversation with her. It's revealed that a "soul salvager" had murdered everyone on board, and now lures people to the boat with the huge piles of gold that had been discovered earlier. The moment that those words were spoken, I knew this film was sinking, and fast... but I braved through it, just to see if it could prove me wrong. Sadly, it didn't.

Also, it seemed almost as though the cast weren't aware of this plot change, and when they realized what was happening, everyone just lost all hope of any motivation. The crew started out excellently in their roles, but soon after this discovery, everyone was reduced to over-acting b-movie rejects. It's actually pretty amazing to see the transformation, but indeed, it does happen.

Basically, the problem with this movie seemed to be a lack of direction in the closing of the film, in my eyes. It looked like a nice script was started on, and then whomever wrote it just didn't know where to go with it, so he threw some half-assed shit together to get it all over with. If only something, anything, had replaced that horrid finish to the story, we could have had a pretty good movie. Alas, that's not to be found here.

5/10. That opening scene was great, so that definitely tacked some points on to the total, and again, the storyline starts out nicely, but it's just ruined in the end. Avoid this one unless you can handle one of the lamest endings I've seen in recent times.
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StandinOnAnOverpass #1: StandinOnAnOverpass - added 08/15/2004, 08:06 PM
Yeah this movie didn't thrill me. It did have a few scenes worth watching... but no. Don't see this. The most excitement I had was when Mudvayne's "Not Falling" was played. Haha
Schillinger #2: Schillinger - added 08/22/2004, 03:16 AM
"Ghost Ship" has some of the worst lighting I've ever seen on any film. I had no idea what was even going on...all I could see was one big black square. The music video on the DVD isn't even the real video of "Not Falling" either.
Stary_Night_sky #3: Stary_Night_sky - added 09/25/2004, 10:27 PM
Its alright. Rent it, if you want to watch it. Make it a movie you save for a date, so you don't really have to watch it
. #4: . - added 09/13/2005, 08:44 PM
Not a bad film, didn't really expect it to be that good, yet I was pleasantly surprised.
Crispy #5: Crispy - added 01/29/2010, 11:43 PM
I dug it. Sure the ending was kind of cheesy, but it didn't bother me nearly as much as it did our fearless leader. Maybe not worth hunting down, but it'll do just fine if it's the only thing on. 6/10
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