Well, that Swedish/Norwegian movie was made in 2020 and filmed in Norway.
And now, just 3 years later, we have a German(!) remake that was filmed in Malta.
As a German, I am always happy when there is a new German movie that isn’t a crime movie, drama, or a comedy… because it feels like 99% fit in these genres 😆
Quite odd that there is a remake just 3 years later, but I guess since “Breaking Surface” wasn’t filmed in English… maybe they thought that this new movie, which was filmed in English …has a better chance of making money?
If you have seen “Breaking Surface” (what you should have/do!) then you know practically the whole storyline of this new movie as well.
The remake is mostly verrrry close to the original.
So, is there any point in watching the new one when you have seen the old one?
Yes, quite a few!
The main differences are:
– 2 new actresses (obviously)
– The cold water (Norway) scenario was now swapped with warm water (Malta/Mediterranean)
– The dive gear is now different:
Breaking Surface has drysuits and Ocean Reef FFMs while the new one has normal wetsuits and FFMs where you can see the full face (brand?)
– Some minor story changes incl. (even) less backstory in this one
It’s Sunday and that means it’s time for a new post!
This one is from a TV show that airs its 7944th(!) episode tomorrow and that is on air since 1988!
With that many episodes, it can only mean one thing: It’s a daily soap …an Australian daily sop to be more precise.
And you can’t have an Australian TV show with that many episodes without some scuba scenes 😉
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Here is the video:
Watch the video before you continue!
Well, quite a good scuba peril scenario with some unusual aspects.
She gets trapped with 80 bar left which is unusually “much” for such a perilous scenario in a movie or TV show. I mean that is still 40% of her normal tank capacity which is 200 bar (mostly).
Normally scuba divers get trapped and have only some minutes of air left 😉
Also, it’s interesting that the diver with the full tank just arrives some seconds too late, rather unusual.
I mean ok, in the end, she seemingly survives ….as I have checked just one more episode where she is in the hospital…. so he was quick enough for her to survive. And well, her guy would have drowned as well, since his tank was empty as well.
It’s a shame that it’s only shown how she reacts as her tank is finally completely empty, but her actual drowning isn’t shown and she then floats on the ceiling, even that discovery is quite dramatic as well.
All in all a really good “trapped underwater” scenario.
The episode numbers for this video are 1145 and 1146… of this show in case you wanna know:
I know this movie since it came out in 2015 and got the UK DVD back then (for some reason it wasn’t released on Bluray?).
It was recommended to me at least 6 or 7 times since then but I didn’t make a post until today.
Why? Well, I was unsure about what to post about this movie. If I would post every scene that is somehow (scuba and/or wetsuit) interesting to this blog… I would have to post at least 70% of the movie…. as here the main actress is in a wetsuit for basically the whole movie(!) except for some flashbacks and…
…the very first and last minutes of the movie.
So, I decided now to focus on the scuba part of the movie and cut out some minutes where the villain is just starring down at the ice for loooooooong.
What happened before the video scenes?
Well, basically the woman realized that her husband is a murderous psycho and he wants to kill her.
He is a scuba instructor and has special plans for her after he drugged and kidnapped her…
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Here is the video:
Watch the video before you continue!
Well, quite a sinister and crazy dude!
And that is just the part where she has her scuba tank… there is a lot more to come.
First, let’s start with some things I don’t like about this scene:
The whole aspect of how much air is in her tank is quite weird. Right before the video starts he empties her full tank from 3000 PSI down to 1000 PSI in a matter of seconds by sucking on the regulator and pushing the “air shower” (the translated german term) button on it. That would never ever work that fast. Plus why does he use the “air shower” button and has the regulator in his mouth? That wouldn’t work for long as someone can’t take in that much air. And it would take much longer than in the movie.
Plus the whole air pocket aspect. Is it possible that there is such a big air pocket on a lake under the ice? I mean the exhaled air from her tank would be there for sure, but that would be completely useless as this air is already “used. (*EDIT: My mistake)
In two takes the camera focuses on her depth instead of her gas gauge!
Well….why? I mean she is just under the ice the whole time and has only one way to go (up). The audience knows that, so why show it twice?
Perhaps, as the gauge is near zero… the movie makers confused it with the gas gauge?
And then the gas gauge very quickly goes from 1000 down to near zero in a matter of seconds! How is that possible? Or is that supposed to be a time-lapse?
However, there are a lot of positive aspects for me as well:
It’s quite a unique setting! I mean a guy who wants to drown a woman but puts a wetsuit and a scuba tank on her?
Certainly never seen that in any other movie….
The whole “running out of air” while the killer is just above her is very suspenseful!
The frogwoman is attractive and her wetsuit is quite nice. Of course, I would have preferred a black smooth skin wetsuit, but well, this way the heroine is very “flashy”.
And as the villain here is 100% evil and crazy… it’s a very intense survival scene…and that’s only the start for her.
About the whole movie:
There a very long takes of him just staring down at the ice. I mean the movie has only a length of about 70 minutes but it seems like they had to include a lot of overly long takes to even get to that length.
Plus his whole plan is kind of odd. I mean ok, he is crazy.
His whole plan for her is quite odd. I mean he certainly wants her to suffer before she dies.
He gives her a scuba tank but it is only one-third full.
So I guess he was “worried” that she might freeze to death before drowning? Even I can only guess how long someone could actually survive the ice-cold water, even with …an inappropriate… wetsuit on.
He gives her a wetsuit but that is only a little protection when the water temperature is around zero (celsius).
He straps the regulator to the back of the tank so she has to struggle a lot to even reach it.
Plus he is there on the ice but basically can’t see anything of her struggle, except some silhouettes and some air bubbles.
I guess he enjoys the whole situation big time, otherwise, he wouldn’t have come up with such a complicated scenario for her.
I am pretty sure that the screenwriter might have some aqua fetishes 😉
The flashbacks are interesting and important to the story, but too long for my taste and drag down the intensity a little.
I guess I will make a special cut of the whole movie where I cut out the flashbacks and overly long scenes of the villain doing nothing but starring for loooong takes.
But this movie is very much unique and very suspenseful, as I am cheering for her to find a way to get out of this horrible situation.
Yeah, this is a low-budget production and the acting isn’t always very good (especially the wooden villain) but certainly a very interesting scenario that you won’t find like this in any other movie.
Certainly, a movie that you should know and I can only recommend watching the whole thing!
Here are two posters of the movie (minus the title):
Very good motives in my opinion! Even the right one looks like bad CGI.
This is another classic that deserved an UPGRADE, and now it’s finally time!
We have a classic “female scuba diver gets trapped in net” scene 🙂
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And here is the video:
Initially, I planned on releasing a 10-minute long cut with subtitles. But for some reason, the subtitles didn’t show up in the final file.
So I decided to put up the shorter peril cut as the main video.
You will find the longer video below (without the subtitles).
But back to the scene:
A classic, cliche “frogwoman clumsily dives into a net with very little air left” scenario.
The breathing sounds are pretty loud and done quite well, I am pretty sure they recorded them afterward and included them in the movie.
A pretty sexy result…in my opinion.
She was initially diving with a guy (which you can see in the longer cut) and they both screwed it up in my opinion. He got on the boat again without waiting for her… and she just stopped and decided to go diving on her own. And for some reason she didn’t have a knife… which could have been quite useful here 😉
Even she most likely would have lost it in this cliche scenario… while trying to escape.
Her scuba gear is ok, but I rather hate these old inflatable vests as they totally obscure the … view…
Here is the much longer version of the scene with before and after surface shots (not on my public Youtube channel):
In case you don’t speak Dutch … he basically blames her and tells her all the mistakes she made underwater. Nothing of big interest.
In the mid of next week, I will make a post about a very unusual scuba fight from the same TV show.
Sadly without women… but a very interesting scuba fight nonetheless.