Australian-born director Phillip Noyce has followed a fascinating career arc. In his home country, in addition to a handful of early films unseen by me, he turned out the amazing, crackerjack thriller, Dead Calm (1989), the story of three people and two boats in the open water. (Orson Welles started filming the same story as The Deep but shut down production when one of his lead actors died.) The film earned Noyce an invitation to Hollywood, where he received the usual treatment that most foreigners get: He was assigned the unwanted garbage that the locals wouldn't touch. He spent a decade churning out stuff like the Rutger Hauer flick Blind Fury (1989), Patriot Games (1992), Sliver (1993), Clear and Present Danger (1994), (God help us) The Saint (1997) and The Bone Collector (1999).