" I’m a relatively respectable citizen — a multiple felon perhaps, but certainly not dangerous "
— Johnny Depp, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

The Life Aquatic becomes more dear and more impressive the more you learn about it —Marty Mapes (DVD review...)

Murray lives the Life Aquatic

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This is your typical average action movie/disaster film. It can be fun if you acknowledge beforehand that you are not about to experience, say, literature.

The movie’s shortcomings are its overused, overdramatized cliches and stereotypes: there’s the cocky know-it-all mountain climber who oozes ego (guess what happens to him). There’s the always-arguing parents, traveling with their daughter (guess what enduring this disaster helps their family do). And of course there’s the implausible physics required in action movies.

The movie’s saving graces are an exciting sequence involving four giant air circulation fans, not too much dialog from Stallone, a smart, capable female sidekick played by Amy Brenneman, a complete lack of a tacked-on love interest, and of course the implausible physics that allows for cool stunts and explosions required in action movies.