“Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink,” This quote from the Rime of the Ancient Mariner sums up the first problem with the movie Raise the Titanic and that it is a movie that deals with water, lots and lots of water, but like salt water not much of this movie is drinkable or palatable. Movies set on the sea or about the sea have always been notoriously hard to make, the elements are just not kind to movie makers and when you compound that with shooting things underwater you are just asking for trouble. The producers of The Abyss and Waterworld certainly know all about sea problems. The trick of course is in having a good story to make the journey worth it but unfortunately in the case of Raise the Titanic the journey resulted in a rather dull movie.
Jason Robards lectures us on The Titanic.
“Don’t work guys I’ll make enough money for all of us.”
I think someone left the tub running.
This is not my idea of Dirk Pitt.
“I would advise trying The Force to raise it.”
Slow and murky wins the race.
“Did anyone pack a caulking gun?”
There is very little action in this film and at almost two hours it could have used a bit of action injection to at least help keep us awake. Sure we get a bit where we are told a hurricane is on the way which is apparently supposed to add tension but then it never shows up so that’s a wash, and the when the navy ships that are providing support for the operation are called away on a distress call allowing Russians to pop aboard the Titanic and demand they hand the ship over to them or else see it sunk to the bottom with all hands on deck. Pitt in full smug mode makes one quick call and a nuclear attack sub surfaces and a couple of F-16 fighter jets fly over.
“Take that Ruskies!”
Do you think anybody in the audience is still awake?
So what I’m saying is, go read the book.