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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Clunky, dull haunted-sailboat movie has bloody scenes.

Movie R 2019 84 minutes
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Despite the acting talent involved, this waterlogged haunted-boat horror movie feels like a bunch of odd, used pieces strung together. Cinematographer/director Michael Goi, who's mainly a veteran of television (Scream Queens, American Horror Story), either seems to have lost control of Mary, or else the screenplay by Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows, Satanic) never had much in it to begin with. Certainly the idea of a haunted boat movie is appealing, because, as one character says, there's nowhere to run. But this is just clunky and dull.

The haunted ship idea isn't used for more than silly "nightmare" sequences or to supply characters who are seemingly possessed and acting weird. There's nothing imaginative here and certainly nothing very scary. Worse, the characters are pencil-sketch thin, with very little indication as to what makes them tick. It's difficult to care about them. Perhaps most shocking is that Mary manages to make Oldman -- a Best Actor Oscar winner for Darkest Hour -- look bad. His line readings are wooden and hesitant, as if he's either bored, confused, or both. In that, he's certainly not alone.

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