Into The Blue (2005) is a straightforward morality play. “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” And to smooth over the morality, the sugar among other things is the eye-candy cast, Jessica Alba as Sam is the top billing and Paul Walker as Jared is the main protagonist. The medicines are the subtexts and premise.
Into The Blue’s premise is that honesty is the best policy and there are loads of goodie subtexts like don’t do drugs, don’t work with criminal syndicates, make sure you explore all possibilities before resorting to underhand avenues (more of this in the analysis section), it’s never too late to make things right, be able to admit your mistakes, money can’t buy real love, etc. The things that parents tell their kids. Parents should send their kids to watch it.
Even the bad boy Bryce goes, “Drugs are for losers”. The really bad girl, Amanda (Ashley Scott), who gets told to cover up by the marine police, which goes to show she is that bad besides being willing to do drugs, gets her just desserts in the end.
The drama of the ethical dilemma faced by Jared is very well fleshed out. But the problem is, the unfolding of the story is largely predictable. There is a surprise discovery, one that is not seen in the trailers, but that’s it.
While it was predictable, it wasn’t boring, as there are enough thrills, spills, beautiful underwater marine life scenes, and Jaws. About Jaws, the first time the crashed plane is approached for the sake of its contents, as an omen, it is the first time we see a tiger shark. That is how much subtexting the movie has.
So don’t let the posters fool you. This isn’t an airhead movie. The dense subtexting on ethics all over the movie makes it a modern-day catechism without being preachy. You will walk away surprised that the story is better than it looks.
Originally posted at The 10 of Clubs’s Movie Blog