Underwater! Reviews

  • Jan 03, 2021

    Shipwrecks! Shark hunters! Swimsuits! Exclamation marks! All this, and not much more, filmed beautifully 'underwater!' Underwater! is a 50s B-movie that follows a treasure hunting expedition with pacing that is more akin to a relaxing fishing excursion than an aquatic tomb raider adventure. Tensions rise a little in the last half-hour or so, as a ticking clock in the form of a collapsing coral reef threatens the divers' efforts to retrieve a Madonna statue from a sunken galleon. After an hour of being conditioned to enjoy drawn-out sequences of bubbles floating past the camera from our protagonists' scuba tanks, this definitely felt like the height of excitement when it entered the narrative. Plus everybody looks great, whether they are underwater! or above it, so you have that going for you throughout the runtime. All up, this was actually kinda entertaining, and felt like a little Caribbean-flavoured vacation into the past.

    Shipwrecks! Shark hunters! Swimsuits! Exclamation marks! All this, and not much more, filmed beautifully 'underwater!' Underwater! is a 50s B-movie that follows a treasure hunting expedition with pacing that is more akin to a relaxing fishing excursion than an aquatic tomb raider adventure. Tensions rise a little in the last half-hour or so, as a ticking clock in the form of a collapsing coral reef threatens the divers' efforts to retrieve a Madonna statue from a sunken galleon. After an hour of being conditioned to enjoy drawn-out sequences of bubbles floating past the camera from our protagonists' scuba tanks, this definitely felt like the height of excitement when it entered the narrative. Plus everybody looks great, whether they are underwater! or above it, so you have that going for you throughout the runtime. All up, this was actually kinda entertaining, and felt like a little Caribbean-flavoured vacation into the past.

  • Oct 19, 2013

    Howard Hughes produced this John Sturges directed deep sea treasure hunting tale. It's not bad, but Jane Russell in various swim attire is the main reason to watch the film, which was enough for me. Jayne Mansfield isn't in the film, but gained Hollywood attention at the time when she was one of the bathing beauties at a press junket for the film and her bikini top "accidentally" fell off.

    Howard Hughes produced this John Sturges directed deep sea treasure hunting tale. It's not bad, but Jane Russell in various swim attire is the main reason to watch the film, which was enough for me. Jayne Mansfield isn't in the film, but gained Hollywood attention at the time when she was one of the bathing beauties at a press junket for the film and her bikini top "accidentally" fell off.

  • Aug 19, 2013

    Fair aquatic adventure, but 'The Deep' did this type of treasure-hunting story much better 20 years later.

    Fair aquatic adventure, but 'The Deep' did this type of treasure-hunting story much better 20 years later.

  • Jul 21, 2012

    technicolour+jane=va-va-voom!

    technicolour+jane=va-va-voom!

  • jay n Super Reviewer
    Nov 18, 2010

    Dull mediocrity with good underwater photography.

    Dull mediocrity with good underwater photography.