I went into Deep Water with very, very high expectations. With Ben Affleck as the lead and director Adrian Lyne back behind the camera for the first time in the better part of two decades, there was a lot to be excited about with Deep Water. Unfortunately, despite an interesting premise, the movie never grabs you the way you think it will when you were watching the trailers!
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You can stream it or you can download Deep Water from Hulu or from Amazon Prime Video. Click on the Download button at the end of this review. And if you like Ben Affleck, check him out also in The Last Duel, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Gone Girl, or Argo.
The Movie Review
The movie is about a married couple called Vic and Melinda. Vic and Melinda live in Louisiana with their daughter Trixie and they have a very strange family dynamic. You see, Melinda is “allowed” by Vic to have as many affairs as she wants as long as she does not break up the family.
It is kind of brutal to watch, to be honest with you. You cannot help but feel sorry for Vic as she has her affairs not just in front of him, but their friends as well! She hooks up with people in their own home, at a friend’s house and she just does whatever she wants. At the start of the movie, you really do feel sorry for Vic.
You do get the sense that Vic loves her and is willing to put up with this rather than lose her altogether. However, you soon start to see a change in Vic as he starts to get filled with jealousy and that jealousy turns to rage! He threatens one of Melinda’s boyfriends, telling him that he killed the last guy she was hooking up with. This “story” goes around and soon people are talking about it.
I have to be honest and say that as I write this, Deep Water sounds like a tremendous thriller movie. I went into this thinking it may be something like Gone Girl or even Gone Baby Gone, you know, gripping thrillers that keep you guessing all the way to the end. Deep Water is not like that, but you get the impression that is what they were trying to make here, but they do not pull it off at all.
I do think that Ben Affleck does a good job as Vic and so does Ana De Armas as Melinda. Yet, by about halfway through the movie, both Vic and Ana are not likable characters at all. It starts to get pretty crazy, but not in an unpredictable on the edge of your seat way, it is like crazy for the sake of crazy and I just found myself kind of bored.
One thing that I found frustrating while watching Deep Water was that I felt there could have been a great movie in here somewhere. It is my understanding that this is based on a popular novel, but I have never read it so I cannot say how close it is to the source material. What I can tell you is that this is that it is very average at best kind of movie and one that will leave you falling asleep in your seat, rather than on the edge of it.
- Ben Affleck gives a solid performance
- Ana De Armas is gorgeous in this movie
- It is cool that Adrian Lyne has directed another movie
- I watched it on Amazon Prime so it did not cost me anything
- The movie is pretty boring and just not very entertaining
- You get the impression the movie is supposed to be an on the edge of your seat thriller, but it fails in pretty much every regard