Plot – A group of divers find themselves in deep trouble with a drug lord after they come upon the illicit cargo of a sunken aeroplane – Into The Blue.
Director – John Stockwell
Released – 2005
Into the Blue isn’t a movie that will stay with you, it’s your typical action-adventure film with a plot that plods along with a decent pace and filled with predictable events, that being said, you can’t help but find the movie surprisingly entertaining thanks to its two charismatic leads a stunning ocean backdrop and an uplifting tone.
As I mentioned, there’s nothing overly interesting or different about the plot. Focusing on a group of attractive deep-sea divers searching sunken treasure off the coast of a sun-drenched Caribbean island when they accidentally stumble across a crashed plane filled with drugs. From that point on it’s a pretty by-the-numbers actions thriller, with certain characters making poor decisions in pursuit of monetary gain, dragging the rest of the group into a battle with the original owners of the illegal substances. As expected, the attractive female lead will eventually get kidnapped, the kingpin will be someone the characters don’t expect, and they will kill a bunch of henchmen with next to no consequences. But somehow these movie makes these cliches work better than most mid-budget action films. The production values seem sleeker and the performances, though unrealistic remain likeable enough that you keep watching. Especially Paul Walker, who proved his worth as a consistent leading man. We can say the same for Alba, who made some more ill-advised actions seem astute decisions, Scott Caan is fine as a redeemable rascal and Josh Brolin rounds off the principal cast as a markedly grounded villain.
Into the Blue is hardly an action masterpiece, with a plot that you’ve no doubt seen a hundred times before, but somehow this doesn’t stop you from finding the movie gratifying. Delivering exactly what the poster would suggest, just under two hours of swimsuit wearing Jessica Alba and Paul Walker engaging in gunfights while searching from sunken treasure.