Sunday, January 12, 2020

Underwater - Movie Review

The Movie: Underwater

The Director: William Eubank

The Cast: Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Jessica Henwick, Vincent Cassel, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, Gunner Wright

The Story: A crew of aquatic researchers work to get to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory.

The Review:
Underwater is a really fun movie if you allow it to be. It would be real easy to pick apart the logic and gaping plot holes and, if that's the type of movie goer you are, then you should probably stay away because you will agonize over things that really don't mean much in the grand scheme of things. One of the things I really, really liked about the movie is that it doesn't waste any time at all before going straight into the action. We get to know the characters as they struggle to survive the ordeal rather than spending a third of the movie explaining who they all are, what their backgrounds are, and why they are all there in the first place.

There's a lot of science going on in this movie and it's the type of convenient science that plays well in a movie like Armageddon because movie science is way more fun than actual science. The characters in the movie are asked to take on some seriously crazy challenges in their attempt to survive certain disaster and the unrelenting pace of the story keeps things moving along nicely. There's never really any downtime during the 95 minute run time which I also felt was a perfect length for the movie. Create danger, evade danger, create more danger, rinse and repeat.

If you're not a fan of Kristen Stewart, you probably haven't watched anything she's been in for a long time. Over the last several years, she has established herself as a strong presence in both the indie film scene and in larger scale Hollywood pictures and I was quite impressed with her take on this type of material. She leads the way for an interesting cast that includes long time actor Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick who first caught my attention on the Marvel Netflix shows, and perpetual comic relief man T.J. Miller.

The Verdict:
Underwater stays afloat with a predictably fun story that had lots of thrills, lots of chills, a few scares, a fun cast, and some creepy sea creatures which was pretty much everything I was looking for from a genre film like this.

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