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Into The Blue - Review

Paul Walker and Jessica Alba in Into The Blue

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Director Commentary; Making Of Diving Deeper Into The Blue Featurette; Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary.

PAUL Walker’s latest all-action adventure is the sort of movie best labelled ‘so dumb it’s fun’ given that it somehow remains a guilty pleasure in spite of its skimpy assets.

Director, John Stockwell, seems to pull out all the stops to ensure that Into The Blue is easier on the eye than the brain, filling the screen with lush underwater shots of the Bahamas and its sea-life, as well as enough tanned bodies to fill up a beach.

Walker and co-star Jessica Alba play love-struck but penniless diving enthusiasts Jared and Sam, who dream of discovering the one big shipwreck that might set them up for life.

That dream turns into a nightmare, however, following the arrival of Jared’s brother, Bryce (Scott Caan), his new girlfriend, Amanda (Ashley Scott) and the chance discovery of a crashed plane full of drugs.

For while the plane places an obvious temptation in their path, it also just happens to be near the site of an age-old pirate ship, the wreckage of which became visible after a recent hurricane.

It’s not long, therefore, before Walker and co find themselves bickering amongst each other, while fending off the unwanted attentions of the island’s corrupt police force and its drug-dealing co-inhabitants.

Into The Blue is a bit of a shipwreck of a movie itself, given its frequent lapses of logic, blatant disregard for reality, overlong running time and uneven tone.

Yet it remains enjoyable largely because of Stockwell’s easygoing directorial style that seems content to play up the eye-candy and play down the shortcomings of the plot.

The film begins particularly brightly, taking its time to establish the scenario while treating viewers to innumerable shots of Alba and Scott in bikinis, Walker and Caan half-naked and several National Geographic-style underwater sequences.

Indeed, it seems to be having so much fun that it almost forgets about the intrigue entirely until about the halfway point, when double-crosses and betrayals start to take over.

The film then becomes a little bogged down before changing pace completely for the violent conclusion, in which Jared and Bryce take on the drug dealers and things start to get bloody.

At nearly two hours, Into The Blue does feel its length and frequently finds itself out of its depth in terms of coherence. The good-looking cast also struggle to convince when it comes to the more heavyweight material.

But for those willing to put their brains in neutral and dive into the fun there is plenty to enjoy in spite of the shortcomings, making Into The Blue a shallow, yet curiously enjoyable experience.