Dead calm is a 1989 australian psychological thriller film starring sam neill nicole kidman and billy zaneit was based on the 1963 novel of the same name by charles williamsthe film was directed by australian filmmaker phillip noyce and filmed around the great barrier reefcinematography by dean semler and score composed by graeme revell the plot focuses on a married couple kidman and . Dead calm is invariably similar to ravenous insofar as an isolated seemingly impotent stranger is found adrift and recapitulates a macabre tale of survival when in actuality he is the perpetrator of the crimes. This edge of your seat suspense thriller tells the story of an australian couple nicole kidman and sam neill whose private yacht cruise is violently interrupted by the mysterious lone survivor billy zane of a ship whose crew has perished. The key image of dead calm is of two ships drawing near each other in the middle of a vast empty expanse of ocean the emotions generated by this shot near the beginning of the film underlie everything that follows making us acutely aware that help is not going to arrive from anywhere that the built in protections of civilization are irrelevant and that the characters will have to
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