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Ghost Ship (2002)

  Directed by: Steve Beck
Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies
Links: Ghost Ship on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy on DVD, Buy on Video
Genre: Suspense/Horror/Thriller

This movie gets: 3.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Scary for the wrong reasons" - a review by andy-j

Ghost Ship is the story of an ocean salvage crew who come across a long-lost passenger cruise ship in international waters. The ship had mysteriously "disappeared" in 1962, and hadn't been heard from since. The crew, under the direction of Captain Sean Murphy (Gabriel Byrne), decide to tow the behemoth back to land, but as they set about their task, they find strange things begin to happen onboard the ship, and as more and more shocking revelations are uncovered, the truth about what they are dealing with begins to emerge.

Ghost Ship doesn't have a hell of a lot going for it I'm afraid. Plot-wise, it's a little similar to the absolutely terrible Event Horizon (1997) (abandoned vessel is found by a lone crew, supernatural things start to happen, the crew go mad, etc etc), though Ghost Ship doesn't try to take on as much as Event Horizon did, and therefore, it actually makes sense. The final twist is actually somewhat satisfying and is a bit of a surprise, but really.. it should have had a lot more impact than it ended up having.

The real problem with this movie though, is the characters. Quite frankly, they're all annoying stereotypical one-dimensional idiots. When certain crew members die (come on, it's inevitable) you feel nothing but relief - certainly not sadness or shock. Hence, there is no real involvement in the film, I felt detatched, uninvolved and rather bored. The special effects have little impact because of this (except the opening scene) and at times they go way overboard (the rock music being played during a The Matrix (1999)-style flashback to 1962 is one of the most out-of-place things in a movie ever).

I must mention the opening scene. It shows how some of the passengers onboard the cruise ship die. I would recommend that you do not see this movie if you have a weak stomach, as it is one of the most disgusting things I've seen in a film. Having said this, it is somewhat necessary, as it highlights the truly horrible way that the passengers and crew die. Ironically, you feel more empathy for the characters that you have only been watching a minute or two than you do for the main cast!

andy-j gives this movie 3 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 27 Dec 2002

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