Picks and Pans Review: First-Time Writer-Director Dylan Kidd Has Made a Rueful Comedy Full of Sharp Lines. Campbell's Roger Spews Acid While Corroding from Within, and Rossellini Is Cutting in Her Scenes as Roger's Fed-Up Boss and Lover.
Bottom Line: Campbell is mmm, mmm, good
Julianna Margulies, Gabriel Byrne
If I were to make a movie called Ghost Ship, it would be about the Love Boat crossing the river Styx to deliver a load of dead guest stars to the Underworld. Which is another way of saying that, apart from a spectacularly gross-out prologue and an unexpectedly kitschy wrap-up, there is not much in Ghost Ship to keep your mind from floating off like flotsam on a lifting tide.
A team of marine scavengers board the Antonia Graza, a long-vanished Italian luxury cruiser that has turned up in the Bering Sea. There are no signs of life other than some rats and a well-intentioned girl ghost who keeps trying to shoo crew member Margulies off this haunted vessel, where the pool fills up with blood and corpses tumble out of the laundry room. A few scenes suggest The Shining aboard the Titanic, but mostly this is a slow cruise to hell. (R)
Bottom Line: Not see-worthy
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