(Short) Movie Review: Underwater (2020)

There are things will happen and make you feel powerless, and make you feel insignificant, but that’s it. There are just feelings. and sometimes you have to stop feeling and start doing.

-Norah Price-

Underwater is about a team of underwater researchers stuck in a station near the Mariana Trench while being attacked by an unknown creature. Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad were the screenwriters while William Eubank directed the movie. The major cast was Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, and T.J. Miller. The running time is one hour and 35 minutes and is rated PG-13.

Underwater begins with Norah Price (Kristen Stewart) uneasy about something but not quite sure what it is until the area she is in becomes flooded. She reaches safety and reconnects with the Captain named Lucien (Vincent Cassel), Rodrigo Nagenda (Mamoudou Athie), Paul Abel (T.J. Miller). As they make their way to the control room, they find two more survivors, a biologist and engineer named Emily Haversham (Jessica Henwick) and Liam Smith (John Gallagher Jr.). All together they come up with a plan to escape and find safety above the water. The only problem is a creature never seen close up is lurking in the murky waters. Most of the team survive as they cross the ocean floor. The movie is about survival, bravery, sacrifice, and consequences of intentional ignorance.

What makes Underwater a good movie is the limited time you see the creature. It’s a simple story of getting from point A to point B with obstacles in the way. The story isn’t bogged down with the inability of the research team to investigate it thoroughly because there isn’t time. The opening starts with getting into survival mode and the ending ends with minimizing the negative impact and missteps of the mission. The cast doesn’t have much written dialogue to shine because there’s not too much talking when the bulk of it is underwater. However, despite Kristen Stewart gives an adequate performance, I wish there had been a little more dialogue. Most of this movie is full steam ahead and to hell with the consequences.

I rate Underwater GOOD of THREE FINGERS at 80%.

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