Into the Blue is a mainstream action movie with plenty of skin, chiseled abs, curvaceous bods and four-letter words—and yet it includes an unusually moral center for the genre. Jared (Paul Walker) is a dive bum who dreams of finding sunken treasure in the wreck-littered waters of the Bahamas. He scrapes up a living as a dive instructor for sunburned tourists and resides with his girlfriend Sam (Jessica Alba) in a beachside trailer. In his spare time he tries in vain to patch up a ramshackle wreck of a boat that he hopes will carry him to the mother lode. He's long on enthusiasm but woefully strapped for investment capital.

Jared's friend Bryce, played by Walker's real-life pal Scott Caan, shows up with a new girlfriend in tow. He's known Amanda (Ashley Scott) for nearly a day and plans a foursome adventure vacation. The contrast between the two couples couldn't be more pronounced. Bryce is vulgar and selfish, while Jared is devoted to Sam and the two of them place love—even if it does include premarital sex—high above money. They hope to find buried treasure some day, but in the meanwhile they enjoy a life of sun, water and deep friendship.

Bryce likes the idea of finding buried treasure, but he's mainly out for a good time with Amanda, who is as shallow as Bryce. They enjoy a relationship free of any sense of commitment, living for each day without thinking any further. Bryce is a profane man, a lawyer who makes his living defending drug kingpins and other high-profile criminals. Amanda is a party girl who likes to sunbathe, swim and drink—with Bryce as her convenient partner and meal ticket. While Bryce and Amanda swill Scotch, Sam sits demurely on the sidelines as Jared nurses a beer.

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Into the Blue
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3 Stars - Good
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Mpaa Rating
PG-13 (for intense sequences of action violence, drug material, some sexual content and language)
Directed By
John Stockwell
Run Time
1 hour 50 minutes
Cast
Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan, Ashley Scott
Theatre Release
September 30, 2005 by Columbia Pictures
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