Ghost Ship

  • 18
  • Steve Beck (2002)
  • US / Aus
  • 86 min
Ghost Ship
Film Review
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1 out of 5

Director Steve Beck follows up his good-looking fiasco Thir13en Ghosts with another horror that favours style over substance. A hackneyed and unsophisticated morality tale - where greed is inevitably rewarded with tragedy - it revolves around skipper Gabriel Byrne and his salvage team who think they've struck gold when they discover a mysterious, loot-filled cruise liner that's been lost at sea since the 1960s. In fairness, this grisly take on the Mary Celeste legend opens promisingly with an outrageously bloody effects-explosion that defines the mood with a jugular-grabbing jolt. Unfortunately, the ineffectual performances (particularly from an unconvincing Julianna Margulies) and threadbare plot effectively eliminate further tension. Beck desperately replays his key gory moment in an attempt to keep the action afloat, but, instead of providing a lifeline, this simply emphasises what turgid nonsense the rest of the movie really is.

Plot Summary

Horror starring Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies and Ron Eldard. Captain Sean Murphy and his expert salvage team think they've struck gold when they're recruited by a shadowy stranger to investigate a mysterious vessel floating adrift off the coast of Alaska. But the loot-filled Antonio Graza hides hideous secrets.

Cast and crew

Cast

Maureen Epps
Julianna Margulies
Dodge
Ron Eldard
Jack Ferriman
Desmond Harrington
Greer
Isaiah Washington
Sean Murphy
Gabriel Byrne
Santos
Alex Dimitriades
Munder
Karl Urban
Katie
Emily Browning
Francesca
Francesca Rettondini

Crew

Director
Steve Beck

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 24 Jan 2003
Certificate 18
Categories
Drama

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