Capsized: Blood in the Water- It’s Lifetime with Sharks! I’ve watched Shark Week since I was a wee lad and in all of my years this is the first MOW for Shark Week that didn’t have any narration explaining/teaching about sharks. This was a movie that could’ve just been on Lifetime and it would’ve fit right in if they threw in a creepy babysitter or doctor.
The characters were a crew of five VERY stupid people. I don’t just mean kinda dumb. I mean they should’ve been monitored in daily life on sea and on land. Mark (Josh Duhamel) is the captain who makes nothing but bad decisions. Mark (Joshua Close) is the first mate who is a self-centered alcoholic. Meg (Rebekah Graf) – the captain’s girlfriend who spends most of the film not doing much. Brad and Deborah who don’t really do much either.
The director does try to build suspense, but all of the character’s decisions are so dumb that it makes you really lose sympathy. The death scenes are also a little light on the gore. I know this is a true story and all, but Shark Week- you root for the sharks (at least, I do).
They set sail, which I gotta say is a little weird to me. I never understood the allure of sailing when wind powered vessels became obsolete since the steam age. Once at sea, we learn that Mark is a stubborn, alcoholic, and incompetent first mate. He drinks himself into a stupor so they miss the storm warning. Meg is supposed to go to safe place down below during the storm, but she ignores everyone and gets injured. Eventually, this injury is both life threatening and attract LOTS of sharks. Then, they get the storm warning, but John ignores the Coast Guard’s instructions to stay put, causing them to get capsized.
They manage to get a raft, but don’t go into it and attract lots of sharks with Meg’s open wound. Why don’t they go inside the raft? Who knows? John tries to apply a tourniquet to Meg’s wound, but Mark tells everyone that Meg gonna die anyway and starts fighting everyone. John goes nuts and starts swimming for a mirage and gets eaten. Mark gets the great idea to drink the ocean. I say, Let Mark Be Mark! Drink That Water! Fly Mark Fly! Live Your Saltwater Drinking Truth!
Of course, the saltwater makes Mark go crazier and he tries to knock the boat over. Mark falls out of the boat and we watch him slowly get eaten, but not enough really. This is just too light on the gore for me. I want some Giallo levels of gore, but nope. I gotta wonder if IRL Mark really fell out of the boat. Hmmmm.
They remain adrift for a long long long time more and Meg succumbs to her wound and the last two survivors toss her out of the raft as we see a shark coming up to I guess her remains… we don’t know for sure because they don’t show it. UGHHH.
The Coast Guard stops looking for them and the last two survivors decide to flip the raft over because there’s water in the boat, which is making them cold, but they were adrift for over a week- how didn’t it dry out? A Russian freighter finds them, but as they swim for the boat Deb gets tire and Brad’s like – Sucks to be you! He eventually decides to help her, but that was coooold blooded.
I enjoyed this. It was Lifetime on the waves.