Against the Current is a 2009 film released by Ambush Entertainment starring Joseph Fiennes, Pell James, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, Martin Shakar, Mary Tyler Moore, and Michelle Trachtenberg. The film follows the story of Paul Thompson (Joseph Fiennes) who is a writer that lost his wife and child a few years back. He and his best friend, Jeff (Justin Kirk), have talked about swimming the length of the Hudson River since they were just kids. One day, Paul asks Jeff to come along with him on his trip to finally swim the whole river. Jeff agrees and brings along one of his friends, Liz (Elizabeth Reaser). Paul is determined to reach the end of the river by a certain date, August 28.