Into the Blue (2005) Cast : Then and Now
“Into the Blue” is, of all things, an adventure story. Not a high-powered thriller with goofy special effects, but a story about people and hazards and treasure and love,
in which every single thing that everybody does is physically possible for people to really do (except that they can apparently hold their breath indefinitely). The movie is written, acted and directed as a story, not as an exercise in mindless kinetic energy.
Paul Walker and Jessica Alba star, as Jared and Sam, lovers who live on a leaky boat in the Bahamas and search for buried treasure. They haven’t found much, but they have their love to keep them warm.
Tied up at a nearby dock is the larger and more powerful boat of Bates (Josh Brolin), who has money and success and wants to hire Jared, but there’s something creepy about him.
Jared’s friend Bryce (Scott Caan) flies in from the mainland with a girlfriend named Amanda (Ashley Scott) he says he picked up the night before.
They all go diving together and find two kinds of treasure in more or less the same place: one ancient, one right up to date. They could become very rich.
But Bryce is greedy and wants to push them in a direction that Jared and Sam are ethically opposed to.
This description sounds dry and abstract, but the movie is juicy with fun. I’m trying not to tell you too much about what happens, because one of the pleasures of “Into the Blue” is that it develops as a narrative,
not as a series of action scenes, and the characters don’t mindlessly hurry from one impossible stunt to another but weigh their options, advocate opposing strategies and improvise when they get in danger.
A lot of the movie takes place underwater, and director John Stockwell and cinematographers Shane Hurlbut and Peter Zuccarini do a good job of keeping us oriented under the sea.
We know more or less where everything is, and what it means, and how it can be involved in the story; when there’s an underwater emergency that almost kills Bryce,
it is handled as if the characters (or the writers) have some practical information about scuba diving. There is also the surprise of having something very bad happen to a character we had every reason to expect would be around until the end of the movie.