The Movie: Open Water (2003)
What Is It?: A couple of workaholic yuppies take a scuba-diving trip to relax and reconnect. Blanchard Ryan and Daniel Travis don’t find much relaxation but are forced to communicate in the most primal manner when they’re stranded in shark-ridden waters miles from the shore. Like The Blair Witch Project, Open Water derives its terror from starkness and verisimilitude but without the “found footage” conceit. And whereas Blair Witch depicts nature as almost predatory, Susan and Daniel are the intruders in Open Water. While venturing in a place humans are not meant to be, they are left to suffer the consequences of their lighthearted trespass.
Why Today?: Today is Shark Awareness Day.