Director Phillip Noyce lets us know what he's up to at the beginning of Dead Calm, when Billy Zane turns to Nicole Kidman and nearly grinds the movie to a halt by launching into a monologue on her beauty. "When you're 80, you'll still be a beautiful woman." What follows is 90 minutes of near-pornographic close-ups and extreme close-ups, with a few medium shots thrown in for good measure. Noyce puts on such an exhibit of Kidman's face that I'm surprised he didn't insist on some kind of 'discovered by' credit. I'd be willing to wager this movie is framed more in close-ups than any other in the past twenty years.

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