Don’t be deceived by the trailer that looks like Aquatic Aliens, Underwater is actually a sensitive documentary about the conservation of coral reefs in the pacific…
Of course it isn’t. At the bottom of the Mariannas Trench, a drilling rig suffers a catastrophic failure, leaving Kristen Stewart and a handful of survivors to escape the rig, the deep ocean, and an undiscovered race of ancient hungry nasties.
An opening hunk of meaningful voice over by Kristen Stewart’s engineer is interrupted by the breakup of the hi-tech-low-tech rig and rounding up of survivors through the wreckage by torchlight. That’s the first ten minutes. Thereafter, all efforts involve crossing the pitch black Trench to an undamaged part of the rig in diving suits, whilst being picked off by aforementioned hungry nasties.
To answer one of the characters, yes it is some 20,00 Leagues Under the Sea S* when Small Hungries give way to a Big Hungry and it becomes a Kaiju movie for the last act, with Stewart running around in her underwear.
Kristen Stewart gets a bleached buzz cut in order to put some distance on all her previous roles, and basically does Ripley from Alien. With one hundred per cent commitment to a script that does all the cliches of space monster and underwater movies without making a hash of it, Stewart (Charlies’ Angels) carries the movie, ably supported by Vincent Cassel (Bourne), Jessica Henwick, T.J. Miller and Gunner Wright.
Writer/director William Eubank (The Signal, Love) along with co-writers Brian Duffield (Insurgent) and Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan, Tarzan) play out an intelligent, tight screenplay in suitably dark, murky waters to satisfy genre fans. It may not be the most original genre mash-up movie, but it has the tension and the scares to be entertaining from start to finish. RC
Director: William Eubank
Writers: Brian Duffield, Adam Cozad, William Eubank
Runniong time: 95 minutes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-fi
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, T.J. Miller, Gunner Wright, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, Gunner Wright