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Below is a creepy, claustrophobic exercise in style.



Total Count: 69


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Reflecting studio executives' taste for material that crosses genres, this film from director David Twohy and co-screenwriter Darren Aronofsky mixes the war movie and supernatural thriller genres. After they rescue a trio of survivors that includes a nurse, Claire Page (Olivia Williams), from a British hospital ship sunk by the Nazis, the crew of the American submarine U.S.S. Tiger Shark comes to believe that their vessel is haunted. The unexpected death of their commander forces first officer Lt. Brice (Bruce Greenwood) to take command, trying to avoid a German destroyer on the hunt for his ship, while investigating the series of mysterious incidents that are terrifying his crew. Is the Tiger Shark haunted, or is there something otherworldly inhabiting the waters where the sailors are currently trapped? Originally entitled "Proteus," this project was slated to be Aronofsky's follow-up to Pi (1998), but the writer/director opted to helm Requiem for a Dream (2000) instead. Below co-stars Scott Foley, Zach Galifianakis, Dexter Fletcher, and Holt McCallany.


Matthew Davis
as Ensign Douglas O'Dell
Bruce Greenwood
as Lt. Brice
Olivia Williams
as Claire Paige
Scott Foley
as Lt. Coors
Zach Galifianakis
as Weird Wally
Nick Hobbs
as Captain Winters
Tim Plester
as Motormac
Crispin Layfield
as Navy Lookout
Sebastian Knapp
as Sonar No. 1
Max Casali
as Air Manifold
Alexis Conran
as Helmsman
Gary Broadway
as Mess Steward
Craig Blake
as Steward
Mitchell Barnett
as Bow Planesman
David Crow
as Sonar No. 2
Chris Bridgeman
as Stern Planesman
David Twohy
as British Captain
Chuck Ellsworth
as Navy Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Below

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Audience Reviews for Below

  • May 01, 2016
    Twohy does a great job (mainly in the first hour) in slowly building an absorbing mystery in this claustrophobic mix of horror and war movie (like Das Boot meets The Shining), even if later on it is weakened by stupid plot holes and a silly attempt to sound profound in the end.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 11, 2015
    Didn't hate it, but I expected more from a Twohy/Aronofsky combo.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2014
    Pleasant surprise right here. I always say this, but I don't ever go in to a movie expecting for it to suck. But there are certain movies where I'm almost "forced" to watch them in the sense they've either been on my Netflix queue for too long, or I'm in the mood for something of that ilk. This is one of those movies, I wasn't really intrigued, at all, by it and the concept but I decided to give it a watch. Not that I was blown away by this, but I found it to actually be a pretty good movie outside of some goofy moments near the end and some of the convoluted plot elements like finding out what really happened to Captain Winters. I don't think the film does a great job at properly explaining what was going on with Captain Winters. Eventually you connect the dots, but it's not because they did a good job at exposition. With that said, I still liked this film's atmosphere and most of its storytelling. The claustrophobic nature of being in such a closed-quarters setting certainly helped a lot with the storytelling. It helps when Brice's psyche, and Loomis to a much lesser extent, starts to unravel. He becomes obsessed and paranoid with what happened to Winters, to the point he believes that Winters is haunting the submarine in order to bring it down with him. Brice would rather sink the ship with everybody on board, than to face the consequences of his actions. The film also does a good job at throwing some red herrings in there, it's not necessarily THAT hard to figure out, but the film does make an effort to lead you down a path when it's clearly heading in the other direction. This is a psychological horror film at its core and it definitely works for most of it, builds some good suspense and tension. I was into the film right from the start, something I wasn't really expecting. But props to the screenwriters, including Darren Aronofsky, in managing to tell a compelling story, flaws be damned. I enjoyed this film quite a bit, it's got some corny moments near the end but those aren't really that detrimental to the final quality of the film. If you're a fan of atmospheric, moody horror then this would be right up your alley.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • May 11, 2014
    The movie comes so close to working, but Twohy can't keep the tone consistent. It doesn't help that he spends so much time developing a supernatural threat, only to abandon it in the finale for a weak resolution to the undercooked mystery behind said threat.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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