What do you get when you mix in an amazing Australian director, a rising Australian actress, a prominent New Zealander actor, and a villainous American actor? The result is "Dead Calm," an intense thriller that will leave you adrift in suspense for 90 minutes.
The story, which revolves around an Australian couple taking a vacation to recover from the death of their young child in an automobile accident, might sound like the perfect movie to relax to on any evening, however it isn't. While sailing Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the South Pacific, the young couple played by Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill pick up a castaway played by Billy Zane who is the sole survivor of a sinking ship.
After hearing his story Neill's character decides to go to the ship and check it out firsthand. That was his big mistake. Soon Zane hijacks the yacht and Kidman, leaving Neill to sink in the ship he fled. The sinister motives for Zane's departure from the ship are later discovered as the movie progresses, however it is Kidman's and Zane's chemistry and performance that make this movie one of the best suspense thrillers I have ever seen.
As usual, Zane, is the ideal villain. I wouldn't be surprised if it was this film that led to Hollywood's decision to cast him as a villain in almost every film he has done since "Dead Calm". He was brilliant in "Titanic". However, his performance as the deranged castaway in this film mixes his ability to use his intense sex appeal with his professionalism to the fullest extent.
Its not my favourite movie. Neither am I a fan of Nicole Kidman. The only movie where I thought she acted ok was 'The Others' kind regards,
[/b] Dear Ben, I thought Australian people love Nicole Kidman ??...what about her husband ' Singer Keith Urban '...is he popular in Australia? How about the movie AUSTRALIA starring Hugh Jackman/Nicole Kidman...do you like Hugh Jackman? http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/i ... gac&sado=1
Hi Yawares, Have no doubt, there are plenty of people in Australia who love Nicole Kidman. As for the movie "Australia" - I don't have anything nice to say about it. Hugh Jackman is ok as an actor, though I prefer Guy Pearce or Hugo Weaving. kind regards,
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