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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Two Came Back

Matt (David Gail) and Rick (Jon Pennell) continue to convince Susan (Melissa Joan Hart) of the perks of crewing on this boat

Matt (David Gail) and Rick (Jon Pennell) continue to convince Susan (Melissa Joan Hart) of the perks of crewing on this boat

When the beautiful half-dressed people of San Diego are playing volleyball on the beach, you may not think this is a disaster movie, but it begins three weeks before the terror on the high seas.

Susan Clarkson (Melissa Joan Hart) might seem like she's having fun with boyfriend Matt (David Gail) but honestly, she's been trying really hard to find a job. So much so that she can partake in some day drinking with him following the game.

When she joins him at the table, he has a proposition for her.

He tells her that a friend of his, Rick (Jon Pennell) is looking for a deck crew. She's really not interested since she's looking for a land job and has promised her mother (Susan Sullivan) that she's going to hang around for a while so that they can mend their broken relationship.

Rick just "happens" to be at the bar, and he fills her in on the specifics of the yacht, pay and he tells her that she's come highly recommended. It's an offer that she mulls over for a second but turns him down.

After another unsuccessful day over filling out applications, she winds up at the docks and takes a look at the sixty-eight-foot boat.

She and Matt are invited onboard and after taking a tour, Rick continues to sweeten the deal with more money. As she's mentally going through the offer, there's a voice asking for permission to come aboard and it's Jason (Jonathan Brandis) Susan's ex-boyfriend.

Once reunited, she decides to take the job.

While the crew prepares the boat for the trip to Vancouver, they come across problems and tell Rick that it's best to fix everything first before they head out into the open water. Rick is being pressured by his employer and also by his past failure as a captain.

Susan's mother isn't happy about her decision and insists that she call her daily. She knows that her mother is struggling with being sober for the last six months, but she thinks it's in their best interests that she do this job.

After setting sail, Susan isn't impressed with Rick's captaining skills and she's even more unimpressed with his lazy girlfriend Allie (Susan Walters). Allie lays around like a lump tanning herself and she's just along for the ride. She does tell Susan that she can't wait to get to Vancouver to start a new life.

Prior to sailing, there were a few signs that made Susan question this assignment. Rick came back to the boat drunk and injured due to being in a fight and when Matt gives her a single rose, a hand mirror falls and breaks on the deck.

With the problems still not fixed, they begin to enter the harbor in San Pedro and an alarm goes off in the engine room. The engine's overheated and there's a rusty propeller shaft, which Matt's going to fix.

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At sea once more, Susan questions Rick's skills again. As an experienced sailor, she feels that she should take over since he's making minor mistakes. This of course causes tension.

With Susan working the midnight shift, she and Allie are sunning themselves when Allie notices dolphins. Susan corrects her and tells her that they're sharks (another foreshadowing clue).

Instead of an eight-day voyage, Rick wants to shave three days off so that they can get a bonus and build his reputation again. The three crew members complain about the added work they'll have and since they're going to be working extremely hard Rick anchors the boat and they all head off to an island for a picnic.

Jason and Susan patch up their differences, while Matt seethes in the background, especially after he sees them hug. He starts to drink heavily.

As they sail into the night, a storm comes up with waves that are thirty feet and winds in excess of seventy miles per hour. Essentially, they're lost at sea since Rick can't find a chart and when he does get in touch with the Coast Guard, he gives them the wrong coordinates.

With the ship being battered, Allie decides that she's going to help, but is injured and the waves finally sink the ship.

Now all five are left in a raft as they drift in the Pacific, however, when Susan's mother doesn't hear from her, she goes to the Coast Guard and demands that they look for them.

The Coast Guard tells her that they had received communication that they were out of the storm, and not buying this, she continues to pressure them to look, which they eventually begin a search, but back on the raft, Rick tells them that the Coast Guard isn't coming and he admits that this is all his fault.

It's an okay movie but I didn't feel any connection to the characters. We already know that three aren't coming back and the special effects of the boat could have been done in a bathtub.

If you look really close during the storm when there's drama on deck, you can almost see a production assistant throwing a bucket of water every now and then since its coming from the same spot with the same amount of water.

The characters aren't that likeable and at one point Jason yells at Susan that she can't be the only survivor since they have to survive as a team, and she is kind of smug throughout the movie.

And of course, this was a movie to ease Hart out of the Sabrina character and into more adult roles.



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