"INTO THE BLUE 2: THE REEF"
by Kevin Carr
|| MOVIE: *1/2 (out of 5 stars)
DVD EXPERIENCE: ** (out of 5 stars)
Chris Carmack as SEBASTIAN
Laura Vandervoort as DANI
Marsha Thomason as AZRA
Mircea Monroe as KIMI
Audrina Patridge as KELSEY
Rand Holdren as AVERY
David Anders as CARLTON
Mark Kubr as MILOS
Directed by: Stephen Herek
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Sebastian (Chris Carmack) and Dani (Laura Vandervoort) are two struggling diving instructors in Hawaii. One day, a mysterious stranger named Carlton (David Anders) shows up in their shop, offering to pay them a load of cash to help him dive along the reef. When Sebastian and Dani learn what Carlton is really after on the ocean floor, their lives are suddenly in jeopardy.
WHAT I LIKED
I remember seeing the first “Into the Blue” several years ago. The story itself wasn’t all that great... in fact, the biggest selling point to the movie was watching Jessica Alba and Ashley Scott swim around underwater in revealing bikinis.
Well, there’s no Jessica Alba or Ashley Scott in this film, and that’s not great. However, there are plenty of girls in bikinis. In fact, there’s even more skin in this film than the original, considering that Mircea Monroe in the role of Kimi gets all sorts of naked in the film.
Aside from the eye candy, “Into the Blue 2: The Reef” will best be remembered by me for its gorgeous footage of Hawaii. Having been to the Aloha state twice in my life, I will always have fond memories of its sandy shores and crystal-blue water.
Oh, and I did like David Anders and Marsha Thomason as the villains... if only they were the focus of the film.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
It is sad to see what happened to Stephen Herek. He went from making major motion pictures (like “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”) to making decent made-for-cable movies (like “Dead Like Me: Life After Death”) to making an awful sequel to a somewhat awful film (like “Into the Blue 2: The Reef”).
If you noticed, I didn’t highlight anything about the story or characters above in terms of what I liked. Sadly, this is because the story isn’t that good, nor are the characters. It takes about a half-hour to actually get to the treasure hunting aspect of the film, and the characters are not very well formed.
Sebastian is a weak hero, leaving a lot of the heroism and daring to Dani. Sebastian’s best friend Mace (Michael Graziadei), who’s along for the dangerous ride, is a weak character who is really only thrown in for comic relief and peril opportunities. And one final casting note is against Audrina Patridge of “The Hills” fame. According to the entertainment press, she wants an acting career, but if her appearance in this film is any indication of her talents, she’ll have to stick to reality TV if she wants to be on camera.
Ultimately, if it weren’t for the eye candy, “Into the Blue 2: The Reef” would be a waste of time. But I can’t say my head wouldn’t turn if I saw it playing on a television nearby.
This DVD includes two behind-the-scenes featurettes. “Get Wet” looks at how the actors learned SCUBA to bring their roles to life. “Run for Your Life” is a look at the chase scene between Laura Vandervoort and Marsha Thomason.
Finally, the “Back to the Beach” music video highlights many bikini-clad ladies throughout the film.
WHO’S GOING TO LIKE THIS MOVIE
Anyone who will enjoy the scenery... of Hawaii or the eye candy.