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Open Water
(2004)
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Programmed by:
David Russo
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TVT Soundtrax
(August 24th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are interested in the archival collection of hymns, chain gang songs, and blues music that serves as the source material for the film.

Avoid it... if you are expecting anything even remotely interesting from Graeme Revell's extremely simplistic and drab electronic contribution to the film and album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #809
WRITTEN 8/26/04, REVISED 10/17/11
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Open Water: (Graeme Revell) Chalk up yet another movie in the "Who the hell would want to pay to see this?" category. With its gruesome plotline widely publicized during its initial release, it's safe to say that Open Water is based upon the true story of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef Tragedy. Vacationers Tom and Eileen Lonergan went on a diving expedition with 26 others on a charter vessel owned by Outer Edge Dive Company from Australia in January, 1998. While the Lonergans were still scuba diving, the other 24 participants had quickly completed their dives and re-boarded the vessel. The captain of the boat, Jack Nairn, neglected to do a head count and just assumed that everyone had boarded (there are reports that he was in a hurry to get back to a party at the port). With the Lonergans innocently stranded at sea and with no discovery of their absence made for two days, they were left to die gruesomely in shark-infested waters. Nobody should be fooled about the outcome of the events in this film, but the intentionally low-budget production of the picture, including the use of a home video digital camera to shoot the film, managed to create the variety of The Blair Witch Project hype that billed the project as an independent entry to watch in the late summer of 2004. Critical response to the film was somewhat positive, with the play upon phobias seeming to work on hardened critics. Responses from audiences, however, was much more varied, with complaints about the film's obvious and terrible outcome coming from viewers who felt in need of a nice walk in the park after seeing such a downer. Others have stated that the 87-minute film is an unqualified bore, and perhaps some margin of blame for such criticism rests on the shoulders of composer Graeme Revell. While the veteran had already written a few ambient soundscapes in his prior assignments, nothing could prepare his collectors for just how minimal Open Water turned out to be, especially when coming on the heels of something as dynamic as The Chronicles of Riddick. It's the type of job for a composer of Revell's stature that arguably diminishes his reputation, because so little effort seems to have gone into his approach for the music. If you could choose the most boring and basic samples existing in the man's library at the time, all of the worst of them were applied to this score.



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Average: 1.76 Stars
***** 12 5 Stars
**** 18 4 Stars
*** 36 3 Stars
** 89 2 Stars
* 189 1 Stars
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Greg - July 23, 2005, at 4:02 p.m.
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The outcome is NOT obvious.. review is a spoiler *NM*   Expand >>
greg - August 29, 2004, at 9:40 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 34:58
• 1. Isa Lei - performed by The Pupils of the Adi Cokabau (2:33)
• 2. Ni Sa Bula - performed by Rewasese Entertainment Group (3:01)
• 3. Hill & Gully Ride; Mandeville Road - performed by Lord Composer (3:03)
• 4. Lakonmèt Dance - performed by Rameau Poleon, Henry Sinais, Francis Ashdale, et al. (2:34)
• 5. That Glad Reunion Day - performed by Joseph Spence (2:38)
• 6. Jesus Promised Me A Home Over There - performed by Swain Family (3:04)
• 7. I Ain't Got Long - performed by Sam Green (1:23)
• 8. Yèndisaré Aimando - performed by Paduan Suara Mara (3:24)
• 9. Main Title Overlay* (1:30)
• 10. The Dive Begins* (1:13)
• 11. The Nest (Dive Boat Leaves the Site)** (1:59)
• 12. Cleaner Fish* (1:27)
• 13. Sharks Close* (2:02)
• 14. Finding the Dive Bag on the Boat* (0:48)
• 15. Sharks Circle* (4:14)
* score by Graeme Revell
** score by Yoav Goren and Jeff Fayman

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