Yeah, but this is a tough crowd. It was not meant as a sailing movie. It is like watching ER or Chicago Med with doctors and nurses, or watching Backdraft with firemen. Or, it's like watching any movie with guns, with somebody who....well...who actually knows something about guns: "That gun he's using only holds 8 rounds and he just fired it 15 times."
So for people who aren't sailors, and who don't know about EPIRBs, and who don't know that most cruising sailors have as many as 4 or 5 types of radio communications as back-up, it is probably a suspenseful movie.
I live in the Midwest and I know lots of people whose idea of boating is to take a 16 foot bass boat out on a 300 acre lake for an afternoon of fishing. When I tell them that I intend to spend much of my retirement on a sailboat on the ocean they respond as if I had said that I have a plan to swim the ninety miles from Florida to Cuba.
There is a huge number of people who have no idea what cruising sailing is all about. For them, that movie would be thrilling.
I'm also thinking about the movie director, if he had a true cruiser sailor to serve as technical advisor on he movie:
Director: "Ok, the movie script calls or the guy to be stuck at sea with no means of communication, in a situation where he is completely helpless and requiring him to rely solely on his survival skills right up until the point where he has no options left and has to give up any hope of survival".
Technical Advisor (TA): "Well, there is no way that could happen."
Director: "Well say his radio gets wet."
TA: "Well he'd use his SSB radio to alert sailor's net."
Director: "Well, let's say that gets wet too."
TA: "Well, he'd use his SAT phone."
Director: "Well, say that gets wet also, or he doesn't have one for some reason."
TA: "Well, that's unlikely, but he'd get out his handheld back up VHF from it's waterproof box and call a passing freighter."
Director: "Ok, well, let's say that got wet or he doesn't have one for some reason."
TA: "Well, that is really unlikely and just wouldn't happen. But he'd still have his EPIRB that he could trip and it would relay a distress call via satellite from anywhere in the world that would report his exact location to a worldwide emergency response system."
Director: "Hmmm, I didn't even know they had those. Well that really ruins the whole story. But we already bought this book and I have to make this movie. Most people probably don't know about those EBURP things. We'll just say that they don't exist or he didn't have one for some reason."
I can imagine some conversation like that.
I work in gaming. I dealt, I taught dealing for years, it's my career. I've had some limited exposure to working with gaming in ads, shorts or movies.
I cringe everytime I watch a dealer on the screen. Even when I helped out with the technical side of dealing in a shoot, it gets to the point that you just give up because no one cares but you that it would never look like that, be done like that, happen like that or be said like that.
It was a great learning experience, now, even the Viagra ad with the tow rope and the backwinded jib does not bother me
Im sure it happens with everyone, be it cops or truck drivers or pilots, or hookers. That's why it's a movie and not real life.