Friday, January 6, 2012

The Big Blue (1988)

Synopsis: Two alpha male meatheads see who can dive the deepest without life-giving oxygen while cute American chick waits in the background.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Jacques (Jean-Marc Barr), and his friendly rival Enzo (Jean Reno) are considered masters of free-diving and have made a career out of this one-of-a-kind competition. Jacques’ life-long obsession with diving comes from his unusual bond with the sea – while Enzo thrives on the challenges of its inherent dangers. In his travels, Jacques meets Joanna (Rosanna Arquette, ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’, ‘After Hours’), who is attracted to his innocent qualities and follows him across Europe to share his adventures, triumphs and ultimately tragic bond with Enzo.”

What Did I Learn?: Apparently, you can open a bottle of champagne and drink the bubbly at the bottom of a swimming pool.

Really?: 1) So wait, Rosanna Arquette lies to her boss about an insurance crisis in order to get free room and board and airfare to Sicily because she’s warm for some French dude’s form? Um...yeah. 2) Wet clothing isn’t a lot of fun, yet the main characters keep jumping into pools of water, fully-clothed.

Rating: *Yawn!* Oh wait, is this movie over? Initially, I thought this review was going to focus on the film’s bad comedy and implausible plot twists, but at some point, boredom simply overtook me. The story consists of a diving competition. That’s it. Thrill-seeking idiots attempt dives beyond 300 metres without SCUBA equipment and hope their heads don’t explode. Oh – and Rosanna Arquette is there, too. She digs the French diver, who seems more interested in communing with the dolphins. 4.5/10 stars.

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