Underwater

Underwater

Underwater

A crew of researchers fight for survival after their underwater lab is destroyed by an earthquake in this thriller starring Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel and T.J. Miller.

2020Rating: R13, Violence, horror scenes & offensive language95 minsUSA
HorrorScience FictionThriller

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The first two acts of the film, despite being nothing particularly new or innovative, were highly entertaining, tense and engaging. Unfortunately the landing did not quite stick due to some somewhat dissatisfying resolutions/explanations and a very half-hearted anti-deep-sea drilling message with no real power/commitment/merit.

3.0

Under-watered

SPOILER ALERT! The Geets (Greats): The first third of the movie had excellent use of tension build-up and Stewart did a good job with her performance as Norah. The movie did a good job maintaining the sense of isolation and dread. The movie did a good job in terms of continually progressing the plot. There was the sense that the protagonists had no...

2.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Underwater does a lot of things right. And some individual sequences do look astonishing – cinematographer Bojan Bazelli is an industry legend – but this mostly a muddled, rushed and over-complicated thrash at a genre that needs clear and concise storytelling to really work.

2.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

It should not be possible to make K-Stew v. Cthulhu dull to sit through, but these guys seem to have managed it.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

In her stoicism and self-sufficiency, Stewart would be well-suited to play the last human being alive — and even Underwater, a hopeless movie for the most part, does at moments convey a comparable poetry of isolation.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Underwater, it seems, no one can hear you lay waste to the planet for profit.

Vulture

Vulture

press

Underwater might look on its surface like an Alien retread, but it doesn't dole out the scares in artful, tensely conceived little pieces like that film... It's relentless, and voracious, with a kind of kitchen-sink bravado when it comes to jump scares.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's a challenge to keep action coherent and build suspense in the submerged environment simulated in "Underwater," but Eubank doesn't meet it, instead falling back on stale shocks...

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What frustrates me most about Underwater is just how very little it brings to the table. It's a solid, competently directed regurgitation of an oft-told tale that never manages to justify its own existence.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

"Underwater" is a stupefying entertainment in which every claustrophobic space and apocalyptic crash of water registers as a slick visual trigger, yet it's all built on top of a dramatic void. It's boredom in Sensurround.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An effective sci-fi thriller that acknowledges its inspirations.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Joining the ranks of Sphere, DeepStar Six and Leviathan as soggy Alien do-overs, Underwater finds a few tweaks to the monster play book, but not enough to make it live.

2.0
Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

The film is neither a too-big-to-fail event film nor a relatively low-budget genre sleeper.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Underwater does a lot of things right. And some individual sequences do look astonishing – cinematographer Bojan Bazelli is an industry legend – but this mostly a muddled, rushed and over-complicated thrash at a genre that needs clear and concise storytelling to really work.

2.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

It should not be possible to make K-Stew v. Cthulhu dull to sit through, but these guys seem to have managed it.

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

In her stoicism and self-sufficiency, Stewart would be well-suited to play the last human being alive — and even Underwater, a hopeless movie for the most part, does at moments convey a comparable poetry of isolation.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Underwater, it seems, no one can hear you lay waste to the planet for profit.

Vulture

Vulture

press

Underwater might look on its surface like an Alien retread, but it doesn't dole out the scares in artful, tensely conceived little pieces like that film... It's relentless, and voracious, with a kind of kitchen-sink bravado when it comes to jump scares.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

It's a challenge to keep action coherent and build suspense in the submerged environment simulated in "Underwater," but Eubank doesn't meet it, instead falling back on stale shocks...

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

What frustrates me most about Underwater is just how very little it brings to the table. It's a solid, competently directed regurgitation of an oft-told tale that never manages to justify its own existence.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

"Underwater" is a stupefying entertainment in which every claustrophobic space and apocalyptic crash of water registers as a slick visual trigger, yet it's all built on top of a dramatic void. It's boredom in Sensurround.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An effective sci-fi thriller that acknowledges its inspirations.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Joining the ranks of Sphere, DeepStar Six and Leviathan as soggy Alien do-overs, Underwater finds a few tweaks to the monster play book, but not enough to make it live.

2.0
Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

The film is neither a too-big-to-fail event film nor a relatively low-budget genre sleeper.

The first two acts of the film, despite being nothing particularly new or innovative, were highly entertaining, tense and engaging. Unfortunately the landing did not quite stick due to some somewhat dissatisfying resolutions/explanations and a very half-hearted anti-deep-sea drilling message with no real power/commitment/merit.

3.0

Under-watered

SPOILER ALERT! The Geets (Greats): The first third of the movie had excellent use of tension build-up and Stewart did a good job with her performance as Norah. The movie did a good job maintaining the sense of isolation and dread. The movie did a good job in terms of continually progressing the plot. There was the sense that the protagonists had no...

2.0