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You'll run out of patience long before they run out of oxygen.
It is asking a lot of any director to put a group of men in a diving bell and sustain the same level of tension throughout.
The tension is well maintained and there's a decent cast led by Danny Huston and Matthew Goode, but the characters are too familiar while the plot moves from the setbacks and flashbacks we're expecting to the disappointing melodrama that we're not.
Whether anyone's fault or not, an insurmountable sense of redundancy hangs over the project.
The diving bell's claustrophobic setting never really translates into claustrophobic tension on screen.
As in Kevin Macdonald's recent submarine drama Black Sea, the film has moments of intensity and tension but risks becoming a trial of endurance for audiences.
It's perfectly watchable, if not quite on a nerve-shredding par with lung-busting thrillers like The Poseidon Adventure, The Abyss or Black Sea.
Pressure is certainly the most predictable and formulaic film of the week.
The film is earnestly intended, but doesn't come to life.
Fails to realise the potential of a potent premise.
Everything is drawn in the broadest of brushstrokes: a baby on the way for Jones, a haunting incident from Engel's past, etc.
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