That’s Open Water 2 to our US readers, crafty promo people across the pond latching onto the premise shared by 2003’s much-loved shark shocker. What Hans Horn’s version – more people, more melodrama – inevitably lacks in originality, it makes up for in sheer operatics, as a cock-up with a yacht’s ladder leaves six weekending adults stranded... with a baby on board. All very dramatic, but Adrift’s main problem lies with its unknown TV bit-parter cast. If you don’t care about the people, you don’t care about the problem and, as stupid decisions are made, stupid things done and stupid things said, sympathy ebbs away.
So it’s to Horn’s credit that the film doesn’t drown under the weight of such daytime soap ludicrousness. Placing viewers side-by-side in the water with the drowners, gasping their every fading breath and feeling every stab, bang and flop, his film is an exhausting experience.