A lot of so-called indie films have been pushing their way into the limelight since what must have been a record when Blair Witch Project was released some years ago. Open Water is also an indie film. What indie films often have in common is that they are a) cheap and b) alternative. The box said Open Water was based on true events.
I bought this film and watched it just now. It sucked. The guy down at the shop even gave me 20 NOK off the price because he didn’t like it. I thanked him, but I should go back and try selling it back to him.
I’m not going to spoil this for you, but you can read the "true story" about what happened to Tom and Eileen Lonergan in 1998 over at this Cyber Diver News Network article. Even the true story sucks.
Why do I even bother?
I was looking for a page on the Robertson family who survived 38 days in the middle of the ocean after their boat was sunk by killer whales, when I stumbled over these guys who survived 22 days at sea. Now that’s what I call a good story. See the National Geographic documentary on the Robertson family if they air it again. It has all the survivor stuff you want to see, it’s really a true story not some fictional musing, instead of wasting your time on this half-witted fundraiser.