Saturday, 7 June 2014

Review: Ghost Ship (2002)

Ghost Ship
IMDB rate: 5,4
Genre: Ghost

It often surprises people when I say that I actually like Ghost Ship. Yes indeed, I think it's a nice movie.  Definitely not the best in it's genre, but still very amusing. There's absolutely nothing right about this movie, it's filled with goofs and stuff, but still; I like it. But why?

After discovering a passenger ship missing since 1962 floating adrift on the Bering Sea, salvages claim the vessel as their own. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre occurrences happen and the group becomes trapped inside the ship, which they soon learn is inhabited by  demonic creature.

The cast consisting Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects), Julianna Margulies (ER), Desmond Harrington (Wrong Turn) and Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, The Uninvited) isn't the best cast you can gather.

The most familiar face in this movie is Gabriel Byrne and his acting career isn't at it's top anymore, which isn't very strange after seeing Ghost Ship.
Another familiar face is Emily Browning, perhaps the best known actress at the moment (who is acting in this movie), and to be honest I think this is one of her better performances. In most movies she's quiet and being innocent and stuff, and in wasn't much different in this movie, but for some reason it felt better. Perhaps it was the fact that she played a dead girl that made it seem better, I have no idea.

But if it isn't the acting that made me like this movie, what did?

The storyline is wrong at every point possible, it's partly based on a true story and well.. almost nothing looks like the 'true story'. The characters aren't very interesting, they all seem a bunch of loners on sea.

The movie starts of quite cruel, which makes it rather interesting at first. Starting a movie with a bloodbath? Always a good thing to see, because it keeps you interested for at least awhile.
The scenery of the movie is amazing. The haunted ship looks incredibly cool and so do the costumes. It's really impressive and gives an excellent vibe for the movie.

It's really a shame that the acting and storyline isn't much great because there's so much more potential in this movie. I don't dislike it though, the setting of the movie is incredibly impressive and really lifts up a lot of bad in this movie. Ghost Ship really is a fun movie to watch in my opinion.

My personal rate: 6,5/10

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