Dead Calm

Try to stay calm
Try to stay calm
"High seas. Deep terror. Try to stay calm."
DEAD CALM (18)
D: Phillip Noyce
Warner Bros./Kennedy Miller (Terry Hayes, Doug Mitchell & George Miller)
Australia 🇦🇺 1989
96 mins

Thriller

W: Terry Hayes [based on the novel by Charles Williams]
DP: Dean Semler
Ed: Richard Francis-Bruce
Mus: Graeme Revell

Sam Neill (Capt. John Ingram), Nicole Kidman (Rae Ingram), Billy Zane (Hughie Warriner)

An effective thriller about a couple who let a mysterious stranger aboard their yacht, who then attempts to kill them.
The plot is quite unremarkable and cliche-ridden and the dialogue isn't anything to write home about, but the trio of main performances can't be sniffed at and director Phillip Noyce maintains tension well, with good cinematography and editing. Very much style over substance, but an entertaining thriller nevertheless.
6/10

Nicole Kidman & Billy Zane in Dead Calm
Nicole Kidman & Billy Zane in Dead Calm