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Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

Steve Beck (2002)

86min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

The crew and passengers of a luxury cruiser are systematically slaughtered, leaving the ship unmanned and adrift in Arctic waters. Years later, the crew of a salvage tugboat boards the liner - only to be dispatched by the ghosts of the victims in gruesome fashion. Horror, starring Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, Ron Eldard, Isaiah Washington, Alex Dimitriades and Karl Urban.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Steve Beck
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Other Information

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

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