Just when I have begun to think that the film world (though what I really mean is Hollywood) has no original ideas then I watch something like The Pool. This Thai film directed by Ping Lumpraploeng is totally original. It takes a rather simple idea and adds layers and then more layers. Making the resulting concoction a rather delectable one.
After the filming of a commercial which art director Day (Theeradej Wongpuapan – Heartbeats) is working on is finished in their latest location, he is asked to stay behind and clean it up. The indoor pool is a deserted one which is 6 metres deep…that will become important later.
Because he is exhausted, Day falls asleep in the pool on a floatie. When he wakes up the water in the pool has mostly drained. His newly pregnant girlfriend Koi (Ratnamon Ratchirtham), who is there with him, is up on the high board and wants to dive in. He discourages her, but she slips hits her head and the board and then falls unconcious into what remains of the water.
Day gets her and puts her on the floatie. Because the water has gone down so much he cannot reach up to the ledge to get himself out. His screams are heard by no one as they are truly alone.
Actually, that is not totally true. Something does hear him, but it is a creature they wish hadn’t and it is coming after them. Soon a crocodile from a nearby farm is in the now empty pool with them and seems hungry. Let the fight for their lives begin!
Though this is a low budget film there is still enough of a story, tension and action to carry it through. Once the water starts draining from the pool and they are stuck there the action does not cease. Plus the crocodile effects are fairly well done.
What does elevate the film is the way it looks. Meaning the cinematography is great. A great transition from a nice water filled pool to an empty one or from day to night time.
Some might argue that the film is too far fetched for them. I counter that it is filled with dumb moves combined with examples of Murphy’s Law. Taken by itself the story might seem improbable (like why would a pool that deep have no ladder?), but due to the excellent use of these circumstances for action and tension, I commend Lumpraploeng and recommend the film as highly watchable.