|Rating:||R (for language and some violence)|
|Genre:||Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||David Twohy, David N. Twohy|
|Written By:||Darren Aronofsky, David Twohy, Lucas Sussman, David N. Twohy|
|In Theaters:||Oct 11, 2002 Wide|
|On DVD:||Mar 11, 2003|
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as Ensign Douglas O'Del...
as Lt. Brice
as Claire Paige
as Lt. Coors
as Weird Wally
as Captain Winters
as Navy Lookout
as Sonar No. 1
as Air Manifold
as Mess Steward
as Bow Planesman
as Sonar No. 2
as Stern Planesman
as British Captain
as Navy Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Below
The film has enough spooky momentum and good actors to keep it going.
It's not original enough.
Twohy's overwrought, comic-book theatrics work against him, as does the hokey script.
Audience Reviews for Below
Solid thriller set on a sub during WWII. It was actually quite good. Was surprised by this movie I had never heard of.
Good mixture of horror and war. Spooky goings on aboard a submarine during WWII, which is being stalked by a German destroyer as well as whatever is on board with them.
"Six hundred feet beneath the surface terror runs deep"
In the dark silence of the sea during World War II, the submarine U.S.S. Tiger Shark prowls on what should be a routine rescue mission. But for the shell-shocked crew, trapped together in the sub's narrow corridors and constricted spaces, this is about to become a journey into the sensory delusions, mental deceptions and runaway fear that lurk just below the surface of the ocean and deep inside the human psyche.
'Below' is actually three genres, an ultra-realistic WWII submarine adventure, a tense psychological mystery thriller, and a horrific ghost story. That the horrific ghost story portion is no where near as effective as the other two doesn't degrade writer-director David Twohy's achievement. It might, however, partly explain the movie's abysmal box office (less than $500,000; the sets probably cost more than that) . Twohy struggles a bit trying to integrate the genre elements. He needed have bothered. Jettisoning the ghost story entirely wouldn't have hurt the film. The three most horrific scenes don't involve the supernatural at all. One involves the sub sitting on the shallow bottom and being torn to pieces by huge hooks attached to a destroyer's anchor chain (Never seen that before; it's frighteningly plausible). The second involves divers being surprised by a school of big manta rays. The third is searching for survivors in darkened compartments incinerated by a blast of escaping hydrogen from the ship's depleted batteries.
'Below' is cast with a crew of very competent unknowns, such as Bruce Greenwood and Matt Davis. Olivia Williams is probably the most familiar face. However, even she looks considerably different here. The use of unknowns works well for a submarine movie, slightly less so for a mystery. However, it doesn't work well at all for a ghost story, especially considering the large cast, since some two similar faces become confusing. Further Twohy should have studied James Wong's terrific directing of 'Final Destination'. Wong correctly let unseen forces create create his horror rather than shock ghost effects. Twohy does get it right, however, in a scene when one officer studies his own movements in a mirror and finds his reflection is not the same. This scene creates a whole new spin on the classic Marx Brothers scene in 'Duck Soup'. It's the scariest supernatural bit in the whole movie.
|Lt. Brice:||Try not to fraternize with the men. They can be a little... strange.|
|Claire Page:||Strange, as in superstitious?|
|Lt. Brice:||As in 'strange.'|
|Hoag:||Three redcoats... and guess what? One of 'ems a bleeder!|
|Lt. Brice:||Now I realize why he didn't kill me too. He didn't have to.|
|Lt. Brice:||Mister Loomis, where's our crew?|
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