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Open Water

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Source: Catholic News Service

Hair-raising deep-sea thriller about a career-consumed couple (Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis) whose island vacation turns into a fight for survival when a mix-up during a scuba-diving excursion leaves them stranded in the middle of the ocean in shark-infested waters. Inspired by true events and made on a shoestring budget by the husband-and-wife team of Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the movie follows a simple formula for primal-fear success: Take two actors, put them in the water with real sharks and, voila, you have one of the most truly terrifying films in years. Sustained suspense, brief frontal nudity, and scattered rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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