Diver Chief editor Mark Evans collects a selection of what he believes to be some of the best fictional dive films ever made. So grab some popcorn and pour yourself a beer – what better way to spend your non-dive time than watching dive movies?!
Hello Scuba Diver fans welcome back with the launch of a new teen drama dive club on netflix and showcasing diving to a younger generation. so escape beers grab the popcorn and tune in. It’s the perfect way to while away a few hours while diving yourself.
Scuba Diving is back on our screens with the launch of teen drama Dive Club.
Streaming on netflix now, this is heavily geared towards the younger generation, but hey, anything diving for teens has to be a good thing in my book. Shot on location in Douglas Harbour, Queensland, the Australian landscape is visually stunning, regardless of questionable plot holes or dodgy acting, but I have to say that after watching some of the dive sequences in the first season, they have decent trim and dive skills and good communicate with the appropriate dive signals.
let’s say the on-screen diving behavior is much higher than that of the drop zone trash put down by a certain US based training agency. I’ve already had two of a friend’s teenage daughters ask about triadis after seeing this when they showed no interest at all in diving before, so it may well be the right choice for the intended audience
This got me thinking about dive movies and so we thought it would be a bit of fun putting together a list of some must see dive movies, let’s see if your favorites are on the list
- The depth
The Deep always plays a part in every diving movie list released in 1977, it is an adventure film based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name and it is basically about a couple vacationing in Bermuda and discovering recently discovered drugs from World War II at the same time. . cargo ship and treasure of a much bolder Spanish ship, causing them to come into conflict with a drug dealer and he is evil henchmen
The dive sequences are still fun to watch even 45 years after release, especially when the main villain is slashed by some gigantic morale, though most dudes tend to be more taken with the fact that Jacqueline Bisset was a real pin-up girl who dives into just a white t-shirt that definitely gets see-through, as the movie is set in Bermuda and the top side sequences were filmed there.
The underwater scenes were actually shot in the British Virgin Islands with the shipwreck of the RMS run providing the perfect stage. This is a great wreck dive in its own right, but with an added element of knowing it was featured in a classic dive movie.
- The Fool’s Gold
Fool’s Gold has one of the best opening scenes of any dive movie, in fact I think it’s one of the most memorable opening scenes of any movie let alone dive related, no matter how many times I’ve watched it I still chuckle still in this moment Matthew McConaughey and Ewen Bremner look at each other as a cloud of silt comes behind them from their compressor hitting the seabed after it fell from their submarine, shrug, and get on with what they’re doing.
If you haven’t seen it yet: Fool’s Gold is a 2008 slash-romance action comedy that revolves around a recently divorced couple, the aforementioned McConaughey and Kate Hudson, who rekindle their romantic lives while searching to a lost treasure room, all the while haunted by various villains. The dive sequences are well covered, the topside and underwater scenery mainly Australia, but some in the Caribbean are simply beautiful and it even has a villain who gets this reward in a wonderfully annoying way with a hazy hull and a fast rising tide, plus the has a scene-stealing performance by Ray Winstone, so what’s not to like.
- In the blue
Into the Blue is a 2005 action-adventure starring Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan and Josh Brolin.
Was shot in the Bahamas and revolves around a unique treasure hunter, Andy’s girlfriend. Walker and Alba in search of a legendary French pirate ship and stumble upon a crashing Cessna plane carrying a cargo of court king, bringing them into conflict with a rival treasure hunter and evil drug dealers, it certainly bears more than a fleeting resemblance to the depths
The film is lightweight, roughly in the same vein as Fool’s Gold, and makes the most of its handsome cast. The dive scenes are exciting and in addition to the expected few shark attack victims, you also get a villain who gets knocked out by a dive cylinder, not to mention someone freediving and getting some much-needed breath from a lift bag. The Cessna was sung especially for Nassau’s film and was left on a seabed as an attraction for divers, but unfortunately was decimated by winter storms to scrap that was scattered on the bottom.
Released in 2011, Sanctum is a thrilling action thriller that focuses on an ill-fated cave diving expedition plagued by all manner of incidents and calamities. James Cameron was executive producer on sanctum and the film uses 3D photography techniques he developed to film avatar. The sequences of cave dives are well shot, although they were actually filmed in a large water tank in Queensland and if you’ve ever had serious doubts about wanting to dive a cave, this movie will probably seal the deal that you’ll never want to set foot inside. a flooded cave system.
- Life in the water
The Life Aquatic is a bit of an odd movie, as with most films directed by Wes Anderson, it was a huge flop upon its release in 2004, but it’s become a bit of a cult hit since then. Steve Zissou’s main character is a shameless rip on Jakku Stone and the great Bill Murray has a blast in the part, the rest of his motley crew reads like a who’s who of Hollywood and includes
Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe and Jeff Goldblum. True dive scenes are relatively rare, to be honest, but if you haven’t seen it, the aquatic life is well worth a look if you want to see if you can figure out what the hell is going on.
Sure, you can talk about diving movies without mentioning the one and only James Bond. Diving’s has been featured in several Bond films over the years, but the highlights were definitely 1965 Thunderball and 1983 Never Say Never Again
Thunderball starred Sean Connery in his signature role and while it’s definitely dated, it’s over 55 years old, there’s no denying it’s still fun to watch the underwater fight scenes, in fact over a quarter exist from the movie from underwater scenes, i can’t or maybe i didn’t recreate some of the underwater battles with some plastic combat knives when i started diving. You can still visit the remains of the Vulcan bomber from Thunderball near Nassau in the Bahamas, it wasn’t a real jet, it was a frame made of scaffolding covered in material and it’s now just a jumble of metal albeit a smothered one in coral and sponge forest and it is a real nursery for young fish, you can still see the wheels and landing gear of the fake Vulcan
Near the Vulcan bomber is the shipwreck known as the Tears of Allah which was stunned for Never Say Never Again, which again starred Connery and was basically a remake of Thunderball. You can dive through the interior while humming the bomb theme and pretending to be 007.
Other movies that aren’t diving movies per se, but have an underwater theme include The Abyss The Meg, Men of Honor, Deep Blue Sea, and Sphere, the former being especially memorable for some amazing special effects and some heartbreaking underwater sequences.
This list was about great dive movies, which is why you won’t find 47 Meters Down, Open Water, and other such pathetic fluff.
So is your favorite dive movie on the list, know of any other must see dive movies, leave your comments below and if you have a question fire away, if we can’t answer it someone in our community could be can.