Meryl Streep's much-ballyhooed foray into the action-adventure genre fails to satisfy either as a Streep vehicle or as a thrilling melodrama. Streep works overtime on a script worth neither her trouble nor ours.
Streep plays career woman Gail, an accomplished white-water rafter who takes her husband (David Strathairn) and son (Joseph Mazzello) on what is supposed to be a relaxing rafting trip. Two other travelers, Wade (Kevin Bacon) and Terry (John C. Reilly), follow closely behind, then join the
family when their guide disappears. Tom becomes suspicious of the two men, especially Wade, who shows too much interest in Gail (the marriage has been going through ...