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BMZ Review: Ocean Men: Extreme Dive
By Ross Anthony


A Film With Depth
Written by: Ross Anthony
Source: Ross Anthony's Hollywood Report Card
Date: June 2001


Category: Reviews

This compelling picture gives us a behind-the-flippers look  at two of the world's foremost professional freedivers. Freediving is the sport of taking the human body as far as one can down into the ocean on a single breath of air - no tanks.

Follow champions Pipin Ferreras and Umberto Pelizzari as they compete to break world records. Pipin prefers the "by any means possible" method, holding onto a weighted sled he drops quickly to depths equivalent to a 50 story building.

Umberto's a purist:  using only his God-given appendages and a pair of foot-flippers, he propels himself deep into the sea. The rivalry between the two has driven them closer to the center of the Earth.

The divers share their experience and philosophies:
"Before I could talk, I could swim."
"I like to swim with sharks, they represent self-confidence and power. In my imagination I become one of them."
"My first challenge is convincing myself that oxygen is unnecessary."

These swimmers' heart rates drop to fourteen beats per minute, their lungs crushed to the size of oranges while they hold their breaths for upwards of six minutes.

Though the competition is chronicled above, on land, the real beauty of the film lies beneath the surface. Absolutely religiously beautiful, underwater cams capture these angelic swimmers, shirtless, fearlessly swim-dancing with sharks and dolphins. Shots from under these divers capture them as they float toward the sky like superheroes. I could have watched them swim for hours. Truly inspirational -- the most pure elements of the human spirit reflecting light from the waves above.

Starring Pipin Ferreras and Umberto Pelizzari.
Directed by Bob Talbot.
Produced by H5B5 Media/nWave Pictures

Copyright (C) 2001. 
Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  For more reviews visit:

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