REVIEW - UNDERWATER
Updated: Jan 20, 2021
Director: William Eubank
SYNOPSIS - 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 they soon find themselves in a fight for their lives when they come under attack from mysterious and deadly creatures that no one has ever seen.
A generic, gory, claustrophobic sci-fi thriller that borrows familiar movie tropes from superior sci-fi classics such as Alien and The Abyss. The latter in particular is the film Underwater inadvertently pays homage to. Pre pandemic Underwater flopped at the box office, only grossing $40.3 million (£31.5 million) on a $50-80 million budget.
T.J Miller (Deadpool) provides humourless comic relief but thankfully doesn’t overdo it. Vincent Cassell (Westworld) again is reliable and plays the captain of the doomed drilling station with urgency. Kristen Stewart is great and carries the movie showing strength and vulnerability from start to finish. The Lovecraftian creatures (confirmed by the director) being the main antagonists are incredibly menacing and provide most of Underwater’s scary moments.
The direction is a little problematic with 80% of the film living up to its title. However, set-pieces are still quite impressive and captured well enough for you to see what’s going on. Plot and story are formulaic but its 95-minutes is a sufficient enough runtime to accept this fact.
Not what you would say is the usual vehicle for Stewart, but I think she does a great job and gives you with an idea of the direction she's heading in with her career.