15 Jan 2020s Underwater
Underwater, directed by William Eubank, and starting Kristen Stewart, TJ Miller, Vincent Cassel, and more, takes place on a deep (really deep) sea drilling rig, specifically in the Mariana Trench. And with that setup, you can probably guess that bad things are a comin. Good enough synopsis, eh?
I, surprisingly because of my initial low expectations, loved the movie! The pacing of the movie is great, and doesn’t waste time. I wish it maybe would have given me even 6 extra minutes on the front to help develop the characters a bit more, but that’s really my only gripe. Of course I would always take more atmosphere and dread, but then I’d just be nitpicking.
Good performances all around. Great effects, good score, well shot. Some good jumpscares thrown in. Isolation is quickly becoming a favorite sub-genre of mine, and this fits nicely in that space.
And, I don’t want to give anything away, but if you’re in to a certain author who helped create a whole creepy and other-worldly genre, you just may like this one.
Unfortunately, I think some genre fans may have stayed away because of the inability to overlook Twilight and Kristen Stewart, and they’d be wrong to miss this one. I am a bit of a K Stew apologist though, and if you need proof? Go watch Personal Shopper. People complain about her personality, or lack thereof, but don’t a lot of our favorite actors kinda always play themselves? Cage? Cusack? Her personality worked well in this, and really, they all did good.
This will be a purchase for me, and has some good rewatchability. It’s unfortunate that this got tossed around and wasn’t marketed and released properly, and that us genre fans aren’t getting out like we should, because this was far better than I expected it to be. Go see it, especially if you like movies about isolation, water, space, monsters even.