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About the Movie
Co-produced by George Miller ("Mad Max" series, "Witches of Eastwick"), this "edge of your seat" suspense thriller tells the story of an Australian couple (Sam Neill, "Jurassic Park," and Golden Globe and Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman ("Batman Forever"), whose private yacht cruise is violently interrupted by the appearance of a mysterious lone survivor (Billy Zane, "Titanic") from a ship whose entire crew has perished. Newsday calls this "a beautifully made movie in any genre...it is well paced, suspenseful, brilliantly acted and directed with flair," and Variety calls it "a nail-biting suspense pic, handsomely produced and inventively directed."
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 28
- Fresh: 23
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: "Dead Calm" ... becomes disturbing for all the wrong reasons.
Fresh: Though not always entirely credible, Dead Calm is a nail-biting suspense pic [from the novel by Charles Williams] handsomely produced and inventively directed.
Fresh: This is not a gimmick film ... and Kidman and Zane do generate real, palpable hatred in their scenes together.
Fresh: A classic piece of pared-down genre film-making is lent extra depth by an emotional subtext stressing Kidman's transition from dependent wife to resourceful individual.
if not for this movie, nicole kidman would never have been noticed by tom cruise, and therefore never had her talent and relationship fasttrack her to stardom. she is absolutly fantastic, a wonderful role model and SUPER talented actor.
Top Ten Suspense Movies Ever
As far as suspense movies go, this one belongs on anyone's top ten list. The cast was at the time relatively unknown in the states, but all delivered memorable performances to catapult their careers. Dead Calm starts off innocently enough with a mother singing in the car to her small son. What happens next will leave you crying and the ensuing adventure will get you screaming! A fantastic movie for anyone looking for horror, but without all the gore!
A great Australian film. Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill do an excellent job of playing a couple trying to save their marriage after a family tragedy, and Billy Zane convincingly portrays a unstable psychopath. There isn't much dialogue, but the acting is top notch. Amazing filming makes the "dead calm" open ocean feel eerie. It reminds me of a classic movie in the wide angle views and the palpable tension between Kidman and Zane. One of the best thrillers ever!