[Review] Underwater (2020)
Underwater – Disaster strikes more than six miles below the ocean surface when water crashes through the walls of a drilling station. Led by their captain, the survivors realize that their only hope is to walk across the seafloor to reach the main part of the facility. But the crew soon find themselves in a fight for their lives when they come under attack from mysterious and deadly creatures that no one has seen before.
Underwater starts out by jumping right into the action from the opening scene where an underwater facility is torn apart by an earthquake. We learn that the earthquake that shook the facility was not just an ordinary quake, the drilling station seems to have awakened something on the ocean’s surface and terrifying creatures are now hunting the remaining survivors.
The few remaining survivors include Norah (Kristen Stewart), Paul (T.J. Miller), Lucien (Vincent Cassel), Emily (Jessica Henwick), and Liam (John Gallagher Jr.), are engineers who are looking for resources seven miles below the ocean. They are unexpectedly overcome by floods within their facilities and as time runs out, they must find a way to get back to land without knowing that something is lingering in the dark waiting to devour them. It’s a basic storyline, a formulaic one-by-one technique, but its main focus is mostly on their intense escapade to find their way back to the top.
Within minutes the rig is rocked by an explosion that leaves the structure 70% damaged. Norah is a mechanical engineer and computer whiz who soon comes across one of her co-workers buried deep in the rubble. Next up are the Captain, Emily, and Smith. Being this is so fast-paced there’s barely any character development, as we quickly learn tidbits of their hazardous adventure that hopefully leads them towards the rescue. You know right off that not all of them will make it out.
When first we see the Captain, he is badly injured and has his arm in a sling. The funny part here is that once the bulky underwater wet-suits are on, his bad arm seems to have miraculously healed, we even see him pulling hard on a rope. Nora ends up arguing with everyone that she’s the smallest one in the group and should be the one to explore a narrow passage, even though they are all wearing the same exact gear that looks like an astronaut suit if I’m being honest, but it also makes all of their bodies look identical. I personally thought this film took heavily from James Cameron’s Alien. A bit too much if you ask me.
I’m a huge fan of Sci-Fy Horror movies, and love movies that entertain and engross. However, this had the typical formula of a Sci-Fy horror flick, but the overall execution was not done very well. It’s really fast-paced, and the cinematography and overall acting were done pretty well, even for Kristen, who I can barely stand to watch with her fake face, and fake emotions. But here she didn’t do too bad of a job as the very talented director and camera person was able to capture the emotions of all of the actors really well.
The editing was spot on, and the CGI was done pretty well also. Overall, if you’re a fan of movies like Cloverfield and such, then I’d say give this film a watch.
Release Date: January 10, 2020
Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Genre: Horror, Action, Drama
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Jessica Henwick, T.J. Miller
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Director(s): William Eubank
Reviewed by: Carl Collins
Our Rating: 3.0 /5
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