Submergence (2018)

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James (James McAvoy) is a British agent under the cover of a water engineer, while Danny (Alicia Vikander) is a bio-mathematician working on a deep-sea diving project to explore the origin of life on our planet. On a chance encounter in a remote resort in Normandy where they both prepare for their respective missions, they fall rapidly, and unexpectedly, into each other's arms and a deliriously wild love affair develops, even though their jobs are destined to separate them. Danny sets off on a perilous quest to dive to the bottom of the ocean. James's assignment takes him to Somalia, where he is sucked into a geopolitical vortex that puts him in grave danger. Both characters are subject to different kinds of isolation as they pine for each other; their determination to reconnect becomes as much an existential journey as a love story.

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The audience is left, then, submerged in two very different movies where the protagonists are going to sink or swim - but unsatisfyingly - not together.

Apr 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4

The actors and the filmmaking are seductive enough that Submergence isn't a chore to sit through, but it's not engrossing, either.

Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4

Despite the potent raw material at his disposal, Wenders listlessly flips back and forth between the two backdrops, allowing any remaining element of dramatic tension to slowly seep out along the way.

Apr 12, 2018

Ms. Dignam's script distills the novel into middlebrow Hollywood treacle.

Apr 12, 2018

An objectively bad movie, paradoxically ponderous and pointless.

Apr 11, 2018 | Rating: C-

You'll have nobody to blame but yourself - or the filmmakers - if you keep watching after the sixty-minute mark.

Apr 11, 2018

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It is hard to care about anything here: the cheap love story, the half-baked motivations or the numerous times someone looks at a cell phone and doesn't send a message - and it only works when discussing (yet superficially) the atrocities committed in the worst corners of this planet.

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