30 terrible movies saved by great endings

Bad films that find their footing at the last minute

Open Water (2003)

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A survival horror thriller film, Open Water tells the story of a couple who go scuba diving while on vacation, only to find themselves stranded miles from shore in shark-infested waters when the crew of their boat accidentally leaves them behind. While its premise is not that bad, its execution isn’t really exceptional. In fact, many viewers find it uninteresting until its dramatic ending.

Following Daniel’s (Daniel Travis) death, Susan (Blanchard Ryan) is left alone, surrounded by sharks. But instead of waiting for her imminent death, she sheds her scuba equipment and lets herself sink into the water. The way this scene is shot is quite emotional, as Susan’s change of expression from horror to resignation makes viewers really empathize with her.