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Ghost Ship

movie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Ghost Ship

Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies
Director: Steve Beck
Rated: R
RunTime: 85 Minutes
Release Date: October 2002
Genres: Horror, Suspense

*Also starring: Ron Eldard, Isaiah Washington, Desmond Harrington, Alex Dimitriades

Review by Steve Rhodes
2 stars out of 4

GHOST SHIP commits the cardinal sin for a horror picture by not being scary, but it does earn one accolade -- it could have been worse. Although it isn't frightening, it does have a singularly gruesome opening that may have you gagging on your popcorn. Dozens of bodies are sliced in two, leaving body parts and innards to flop around on the deck of an ocean liner.

Director Steve Beck leaves the shiny glass world of his last picture, THIR13EN GHOSTS, for a movie set in the rusting metal of a ship that's been floating adrift for forty years. "The best damned salvage crew in the business," led by Murphy (Gabriel Byrne), are in the process of seeing what treasures this old lady of the sea has to offer them. Even if the boat might as well have "Danger!" in neon lights on the side, Murphy, Epps (Julianna Margulies) and the rest of his eclectic team, are ready to try to salvage the unsalvageable. Typical of the script's silly dialog is Murphy's explanation as to why they should attempt to tow an ocean liner through a thousand miles of water, "Sea gives you an opportunity -- you take it."

Once on board, the crew has to face all of the clichéd horror picture pitfalls, including skeletons, maggots, rats and self-closing doors. The soul "survivor" of the 1962 disaster, a little girl ghost named Katie (Emily Browning), is there to warn Epps of the dangers. Of course, when things go bad, the salvage team first turns on each other and then tries to save each other. Save yourself. Let GHOST SHIP pass by without taking you on as a passenger.

GHOST SHIP runs 1:25. It is rated R for "strong violence/gore, language and sexuality" and would be acceptable for most teenagers.

Copyright © 2002 Steve Rhodes

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