Underwater

 (34,246)5.81 h 35 min2020X-RayPG-13
HD. A drilling crew stranded on the ocean floor encounters a monstrous deep-sea terror in this terrifying thriller.
Directors
William Eubank
Starring
Kristen StewartVincent CasselJessica Henwick
Genres
Science FictionHorrorAction
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
John Gallagher Jr.Mamoudou Athie
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20th Century Fox
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.1 out of 5 stars

34246 global ratings

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Johnny LopezReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good fun on the ocean floor
This is a movie that values its audience's time and doesn't screw around with a bunch of fluff. Within two minutes of the start we're blown into the action and racing against time for survival. We're harried and scraped through increasingly perilous situations, dire fates looming centimeters away from us as we try to figure out what's happening.

But then the twist.

And I won't spoil it, because I wasn't expecting it. But as a fan of movies who 'go for it' and aren't afraid to get weird to tell their story...this movie gets WEIRD.

And it's all over in 88 minutes. Including the Schwarzenegger-esque finale with close-ups and one-liners galore this film leaves you absolutely satisfied at the use of your time.

This movie didn't get half the credit it deserved in theaters. It's The Abyss without extra hour of expository nonsense. It's a kinetic action film that moves its heroes along with the stakes--And then it gets weird and even more fun.

Watch this movie. It's not going to give you a moral, it's not a political commentary, it's just a solid action film.
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JJ NapReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Depthless Depths: In the ocean, no one can hear you yawn
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A third-rate Alien knockoff bolstered by surprisingly game on-screen talent and some decent atmospherics. The main issue here is a distinct lack of reason for being — Why are these characters and the barely-alluded-to corporation they work for drilling on this impossibly massive platform in the Mariana Trench? Why do the creatures look exceedingly terrestrial? Why does everyone have to strip to their skivvies to fit into their spac- I mean, *diving suits? Well, because the audience wants to see sparks fly as Kristen Stewart gets battered around by fleshy grotesques in her underwear.

Stewart does an admirable job embodying the Ripley-mold, but her character is paper-thin and leaves little to attach to. Unlike the crew in Alien or any number of recent lesser retreads (like 2017's Life), the supporting characters here lack anything more than a single, perfunctory background motive for even existing. Cassel, Athie, and, surprisingly enough, TJ Miller do what they can to breathe a little life into their poorly drawn roles, but they never feel like people because they're never given an adequate chance to flesh themselves out.

William Eubank's direction is similarly frustrating. His earlier work in 2012's The Signal was, at least visually, sensuous and intriguing, but here we see him recycle and often misuse the same tricks he used in that film, only with a much, much larger budget. Prepare yourselves for needless slow-down effects, too many mid/close ups, and largely unintelligible CGI set-pieces on the ocean-floor. To call the editing choppy would be an understatement, while admittedly pretty fitting; nearly every aspect of the film, from the action sequences to the story-telling at large, is hindered by what I can only assume was a slapdash effort to salvage a shipwreck of a production. You know you're in trouble when TJ Miller is the highlight of your movie...

On the plus side, Underwater features inspired (if completely unrealistic) set and costume design — I love the armored, space-esque industrial diving suits, in particular. The cinematography is generally fine outside the muddied action set-pieces, and the concept across the board holds a lot of potential, albeit potential that's been delivered far better in the decades prior to this release. Overall, though, Underwater is far too light to stay at the depths it aims for.
78 people found this helpful
Paolo BelfioreReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A love letter to Alien
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I really enjoyed this film. Stewart put on a hell of a performance. And the design of the movie was a visual treat. Yes, the are borrowing from Alien. But I don't think they were ever trying to hide that.
64 people found this helpful
MoReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Waste of $6
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Poor writing, unoriginal, no acting skills apparent, short. If you must see it, just watch the trailer and then get on with your life.
58 people found this helpful
Samurai KenReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Much better than many expected...
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This is a tense movie from start to finish... the acting is good, the enemy is mysterious and the sense of being closed in is real. There is no over-reliance on supposedly smart characters making dumb choices, which is nice.

Further, this is a movie that just doesn't have any social axes to grind. It isn't a thinly veiled political "commentary" which is VERY rare right now. It's just a monster movie... imagine that!

Side note: It's also one of the best Lovecraftian movies you'll come across. It sits perfectly within that universe.
56 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love it!!
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This movie allowed us to see, what we already knew! That Kristen Stewart is a fantastic actress that is often overlooked or prejudiced against. She along with the other cast delivered a great performance .
59 people found this helpful
ChrisReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great watch, hits all the good marks for me as a movie lover
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Heard this movie got some mixed reviews so decided to check it out for myself. Super solid performances by the cast, especially from Kristen Stewart. Just the cinematography and special FX alone in this movie were really good. The story doesn't focus too much in one direction which I personally think was a good thing for this movie. It plays heavy on the suspense factor but doesn't depend too heavy on the creatures and the small twist at the end was really pleasant. Definitely worth the watch. Thanks for checking out my review!
44 people found this helpful
PatrickReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Hollywood returns to its roots.
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The essence of mysterium tremendum et fascinans almost done right. That which is mysterious, tremendous and fascinating all at once. An ode to Jaws and those like it.

The movie wastes no time on buildup of unnecessary details. A couple of key points I'd say it dropped the ball. Namely on reveals going too far. It's easy to screw this up though so it's forgivable. Some other details which didn't make sense which I won't go into here. You'll see!

It didn't flip any tables or stir anything super imaginative. What it does is keep you watching until the end which is good. It didn't go crazy with Mary Sue power or pushing any politics. Just a decent underwater horror flick. It's worth the rental price IMO.
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