Boats and Hollywood have a long and colorful history dating back to iconic movies like African Queen (1951) and what is probably the world’s first blockbuster, Kake (1975) to modern classics like Captain Phillips (2013) and Pirates of the Caribbean (2003). One thing seems to remain constant throughout: almost all of these movies make you guess how to ever get on a boat yourself. Whether it’s because of the fear of shipwreck, hijacked by pirates or encounter killer sharks or even supernatural entities, there always seems to be something ready to ruin that should have been a fun boat trip.
While we wait for Hollywood’s next big boat crash, which comes to us later this year in the form of Kenneth Branagh’s version of the Agatha Christie classic Death on the Nilehere are 7 other movies that will make you guess how to ever get on a boat.
“You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat” is one of the most iconic movie lines in history, taken from one of the most iconic movies in history. After seeing a ruthless great white shark destroy a beach of tourists and engage in a full-blown battle with a boat and its crew, however, it was not really a bigger boat that people wanted; they all wanted to steer well away from any open water together. In reality, Kake and the idea of a vengeful rogue shark spurred a national phobia of the sea, sharks and a real decline in beach tourism. Activists have spent many years since making a real effort to educate people to understand and respect the role that sharks play in the oceans and the earth’s ecosystem.
Titanic is proof that ‘bigger’ is not always better. Technically a ship not a boat, the RMS Titanic carried 3,320 people when it was destroyed by a giant iceberg, the majority of which did not survive the aftermath. The real tragedy portrayed in James Cameron’s disturbing 1997 epic would have kept many people from boarding a boat for some time. Of course, the sheer scope of death and destruction was certainly impactful, but it felt even more personal as we spent almost 3 hours with the two main characters, Rose and Jack, after their forbidden romance and rooted for them throughout. After allowing the audience to develop this close, intimate bond with these two characters, we were left crushed, because, spoilage warning, it does not end well.
This 2009 psychological horror film was written and directed by Christopher Smith and starring Melissa George and Michael Dorman is a true hidden gem. Earns only about $ 1.3 million at the box office, but receives heaps of high praise from critics, Triangle tells the story of a group of friends who go on a boat trip and are forced to leave their ship after being hit by a storm. It may sound like a familiar story and enough of a reason not to go boating already, but what happens next makes the fear factor really exaggerate. They board an abandoned seagoing ship, where they are convinced that someone is chasing them. It seems that they have somehow entered into a kind of terrible, blood-soaked, endless time loop. It is smart and scary and has certainly not given me the urge to go on any boat trips in the immediate future.
4 Captain Ron
Captain Ron is a 1992 comedy starring Martin Short as a slightly neurotic, upper-middle-class family man named Martin Harvey who finds out he inherited a pig from a mysterious uncle. Because he wants to break free from his everyday life in suburbs, and also to protect his daughter from some unwise decisions with the wrong type of men, he decides to take his family on a boat trip around the Caribbean. It is not long before he discovers he is out of his depth. Enter Captain Ron: A one-eyed, sensible crackling, heavy-drinking, over-relaxed, veteran sailor played by Kurt Russell. He is hired by the family to captain their boat on their voyage, but they soon find out that trouble apparently follows Captain Ron, and, by proxy, them, wherever he goes. From deplorable sailor tattoos to brushes with the law and even pirates, the movie certainly highlights a whole slew of things that will likely put viewers off of that boat trip they may have planned.
As Titanic, it is based on an actual event, only on a much smaller scale. No less poignant for the viewer, Adrift Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin star as a couple floating around in the middle of the Pacific Ocean after Hurricane Raymond, in 1983, and having to find their way to Hawaii with a damaged boat and no radio. As James Cameron did Titanic, the film not only focuses on the disaster and survival aspects of the story, but also focuses on the intimate bond and romance between the two main characters, which enables the viewers to fully invest in their well-being. Even from the safety of your own couch, the rollercoaster of emotions through which you are taken is mentally exhausting, one can only imagine what it would have been like to have been there, on that boat.
2 Speed 2: Cruise Control
Speed 2: Cruise Control would make your second guess to ever get on a boat, because, although said boat can actually be a luxury vessel, it can be hijacked, hacked and programmed, by a disgruntled former employee of the vessel, to get into a olietenkwa to get stuck. A believable and frightening scenario, right? Credible and scary enough for Jan De Bont and 20th Century Fox to make it the plot of the highly anticipated sequel to Keanu Reeves’ surprise hit Speed. Reeves did not repeat his role and it was tackled by critics. However, it was the second biggest movie released in 1997 about the dangers of traveling on large vessels.
1 Ghost ship
Ghost ship is a 2002 American supernatural horror film directed by Steve Beck about a marine salvage team in the Bering Sea that discovers a mysterious seagoing ship. The ship in question was about 40 years before the site of some horrific and very bloody deaths. Needless to say, despite the mass treasures aboard the ship, nothing is quite as it seems, and a series of supernatural events constantly lead members of the salvage crew to their gruesome deaths. So, if the movies are something to check out, even the lure of unprecedented fortune and hidden treasures should not be enough to lure you out of the house and onto that boat.
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