Submergence

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A slow-moving misfire, Submergence isn't as deep as it thinks it is -- but still manages to drown its stars in a drama whose admirable ambitions remain almost entirely unfulfilled.

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Clinging to life in a cell in Africa, James is brutally interrogated by jihadis. Worlds away, Danielle prepares to descend into the Arctic Sea. Facing life-or-death ordeals, they must rely on their deep emotional connection.

Cast & Crew

James McAvoy
James More
Alicia Vikander
Danielle Flinders
Celyn Jones
Thumbs
Mohamed Hakeemshady
Yusef M-Al-Afghani
Loïc Corbery
Étienne
Erin Dignam
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Jean Baptiste Babin
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Andrew Banks
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Robert Ogden Barnum
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David Beal
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Stephen Bowen
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Kevin Scott Frakes
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James Gibb
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Michael Giles
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Critic Reviews for Submergence

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (41)

  • These scenarios may seem like exotic action fare, but the film, adapted from a novel by J.M. Ledgard and gracefully directed by Wim Wenders, tends toward romance and philosophy.

    April 7, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This is the film of an old man who has retained a humble, almost naive attitude to experience, an awareness there are depths he has left unplumbed. There is something quite moving about this.

    August 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The audience is left, then, submerged in two very different movies where the protagonists are going to sink or swim - but unsatisfyingly - not together.

    April 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The actors and the filmmaking are seductive enough that Submergence isn't a chore to sit through, but it's not engrossing, either.

    April 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Ms. Dignam's script distills the novel into middlebrow Hollywood treacle.

    April 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Submergence

  • Aug 20, 2018
    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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