Picks and Pans Review: Adrift
Think of it as Hate Boat. This nicely done thriller starts with Kate Jackson and Kenneth Welsh taking their yacht out for a 20th-anniversary cruise from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Their marriage, though, has not been going smoothly, and now the emotional waters get really choppy. They rescue another couple, Bruce Greenwood and Kelly Rowan, whom they find floating in a charred wreck. Greenwood and Rowan claim that their two crew members mutinied during a storm, tried to destroy the boat, then went overboard. Not surprisingly, Jackson and Welsh have doubts about this story, and soon they realize that their guests are operating with peculiar mental compasses. (Why is Greenwood claustrophobic, and why doesn't he know anything about sailing? Why does Rowan almost jump out of her skin when she first meets Jackson's cat, Skipper?) Things get nastier by the nautical mile, with the two couples plotting and counterplotting.
Jackson's lean flintiness is just right for this sort of exercise in suspense. The only major botch is a ludicrous "shock" involving Skipper.
(David Hiltbrand is on vacation.)