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Underwater's strong cast and stylish direction aren't enough to distract from the strong sense of déjà vu provoked by this claustrophobic thriller's derivative story. Read critic reviews

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Disaster strikes more than six miles below the ocean surface when water crashes through the walls of a drilling station. Led by their captain, the survivors realize that their only hope is to walk across the sea floor to reach the main part of the facility. But they soon find themselves in a fight for their lives when they come under attack from mysterious and deadly creatures that no one has ever seen.

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  • Jan 09, 2021
    I don't think I've ever seen a movie in which the action kickstarts in a big way within the first four minutes after the title sequence rolled. Underwater is a tightly wound, completely unbelievable monster movie that has a bonkers ending that probably made H.P. Lovecraft sit up in his grave and cheer.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2020
    A mostly passable "Alien" ripoff that does manage to mine enough effective tension from its premise. Stewart should do more action/horror movies.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2020
    If Alien was like a haunted house in space, then Underwater is a haunted house...underwater. People move about - in large spacesuits - through dark places with flashlights that never seem to work and plenty of loud noises from somewhere ("did you hear that?!?") for those all important set-up jumpscares. But all in all the work, despite location, goes over familiar territory (yet again) and offers nada different or fresh. Unless one is a Kristen Stewart fan.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2020
    Kristen Stewart actually kind of pulls off carrying this thing, which was a surprise to me. I know a lot of people have really enjoyed her post-Twilight career, but I haven't really latched on to anything she's done. It feels pretty short, but not as short as it actually is at 95 minutes. The creatures were cool, I'm pretty sure. It was kind of hard to see. But for all its ups and downs I did basically enjoy Underwater, a solid mix of creepy monster, creepy environment, interspersed with tension-relieving dialogue. The only real problem is that it's very derivative. Not a massive issue in and of itself, the trouble is that it means every five minutes you think to yourself "Oh! This is just like X Movie (usually Alien)... I kinda wish I was watching that instead".
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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