A group of researchers work for a drilling company underwater in the deep blue sea. But after an unexpected earthquake erupts in water, tragic begins for the crew. The underwater facility is heavily damaged what is left of it is falling apart to the bottom of the sea. The mysterious earthquake also kills hundreds of people who were working underwater.
The remaining survivors must now band together and try to escape up to the surface and discover the cause of this earthquake along the way. The central team member this film follows is Norah (Kristen Stewart). Norah is a specialist when it comes using both computers and electronics. Working with her is the ships captain and fellow crew who all carry different and yet typical character traits we’ve seen in films before. Character traits such as the funny guy who consistently speak out one-liners or characters who are scared and worried at all times.
The films setups is highly enjoyable. I loved how, as the audience, we are introduced to Norah’s current world underwater and the status of her mind from being underwater for so long. The film also setups a fun mystery as this mysterious earthquake begins to strike and take the lives of many.
For the most part, Underwater is an enjoyable film when it comes to mysteries and the elements of suspense. I found myself tensing up certain moments and being surprised with certain outcomes which I thought would be predictable, but this film was able to prove me wrong at multiple times.
Kristen Stewart’s performance here is excellent, and I must say her performance surprised me as she expresses fear and concern throughout the film. The surround characters her, however, are weakened in the movie with minimal back story. Some side characters are also just annoying including the performance from actor T.J Miller who never gets a solid joke to land a laugh in this film.
The films set designs, and costumes look amazing (particularly the water suits!). The films visuals and audio aspects are lively, but I was extremely disappointed with the underwater scenes and filming style along with CGI work. Whenever an underwater scene takes place, I found it to be most challenging trying to work out what’s going on, and I felt frustrated at multiple times. Key characters would die or get wounded, but I couldn’t understand how it happened. This element was the biggest disappointment for me.
Overall, Underwater brings some new elements to the screen, but it also takes a few familiar feelings too. Performance by actress Kristen Stewart is a joyful sight to see, and the film set up, and mysteries are all fun. My biggest disappointment were all scenes that were filmed underwater as it was near challenging to follow what was going on. Side characters were also forgettable or weak. But still, there’s fun to have here, check it out.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden