Almost An Intelligent Thriller
K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 11/29/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
""Lost Voyage," starring Judd Nelson and Lance Henriksen, is a very well done B-movie. It isn't quite as good as "Ghostship," which is similar since both are about a cruise ship that vanishes and then pops up a few years later with a few "stranded" passengers. Both films feature a shady salvage crew as well. That's about where the comparisons stop. "Lost Voyage" actually manages to be very enjoyable for the bulk of its duration. However, the ending, like so many before me have stated, is just a little bit goofy and off-center.
Nelson plays a likeable guy who is obsessed with the Bermuda Triangle and the "Corona Queen," the ship that suddenly pops up out of nowhere and carried his parents to their demise back in 1972. He uses plenty of neat little gadgets to track paranormal activity on the ship in hopes of finding out more about his parents' deaths and to assist a news team hoping to bank in on the spooky cruise ship. Lance Henriksen, forever a staple of excellent B-cinema, turns in a wonderful performance as the captain of the salvage crew hoping to make a fast and fat buck off of the wreck. The rest of the cast is comprised of unknowns who all manage to turn in pretty good performances.
Things start to go bump in the night aboard the wreck, and the crew comes face-to-face with an abundance of creepy images and nightmarish visions that are intended to scare the viewer but don't quite make the cut. As the body count rises, the survivors decide to get off of the ship as quick as they can. This results in more deaths and an ending that just falls terribly flat.
The special effects are hokey at times, especially in the ending, but they hold up well thanks to a decently written script with a reasonable plot.
If you enjoyed "Ghost Ship," you might want to give this flick a try. To be honest, though, I'd just wait until this comes on the SciFi channel before I'd buy it. It's worthy of a rental. After that, the buying is up to you."