Posted: 08/05/2003

 

Red Water

(2003)

by Yasmin Hunt



In a TBS Superstation original movie premiering Sunday, August 17th, Red Water proves that the only safe place to swim is in the pool.


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It depresses me that along with Water Moccasins, mosquitoes infected with that Nile virus, and other perilous things that go bump make freshwater swimming an abysmal concept. But now, sharks (Bull Sharks) can survive and have been known to inhabit rivers, as much as 1,750 miles up the Mississippi River. And now that my nature lesson has ended, I shall continue with my review of Red Water.

Red Water stars Lou Diamond Phillips (Supernova, Wolf Lake), Kristy Swanson (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dude, Where’s My Car?), and Coolio (Batman and Robin) and takes place in Louisiana. Phillips plays a strapped-for-cash boat captain who must team up with his ex-wife to search for oil in a Louisiana River. Yes, oil in Louisiana. Seems that there is natural gas to be siphoned and exploited to fit the needs of Big Business. Unfortunately, there is a Bull shark with a healthy appetite for humans.

Jaimz Woolvett (Unforgiven, Dead Presidents) and Coolio are criminals paired up and sent to Louisiana to retrieve stolen money hidden in the depths of the murky water. Woolvett plays the slightly crazed deep sea diver with a score to settle against all sharks. And movies set in Louisiana are never complete without the token French speaking Creole native, Rob Boltin (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel) to give a supernatural/religious explanation for the shark’s gruesome eating frenzy.

As Phillips and Swanson renew feelings buried but not forgotten, they must struggle to survive against Coolio and Woolvett who takes their boat captive. So as the two sides, good and bad, collide and a battle for control of the bayou ensues, they must also deal with the deadly predator that’s just waiting for the next warm body to fall into it’s jaws. Who will survive? Who will become dinner? Who knows? But Red Water is definitely a movie to keep audience attention. It promises to cause some gasps and maybe even a jump or two.

Red Water is directed by Charles Robert Carner (Christmas Rush) from a script by J.D. Feigelson and Chris Mack. Michael Larkin (Murder in the Heartland), Carner and Fiegleson serve as executive producers. Mitch Engel (George Wallace) serves as producer. Red Water premiers Sunday August 17, 8 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT) on TBS.

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