Underwater 2020

Underwater

Critics Consensus

Underwater's strong cast and stylish direction aren't enough to distract from the strong sense of déjà vu provoked by this claustrophobic thriller's derivative story.

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Disaster strikes more than six miles below the ocean surface when water crashes through the walls of a drilling station. Led by their captain, the survivors realize that their only hope is to walk across the sea floor to reach the main part of the facility. But they soon find themselves in a fight for their lives when they come under attack from mysterious and deadly creatures that no one has ever seen.

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Vincent Cassel
Captain Lucien
Mamoudou Athie
Rodrigo Nagenda
Jessica Henwick
Emily Haversham
Fiona Rene
Godmother
Amanda Troop
Poseidon Patty
Brian Duffield
Screenwriter
Adam Cozad
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Kevin Halloran
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Bojan Bazelli
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Todd E. Miller
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Brian Berdan
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Critic Reviews for Underwater

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (99) | Rotten (109)

Audience Reviews for Underwater

  • Jul 26, 2020
    A mostly passable "Alien" ripoff that does manage to mine enough effective tension from its premise. Stewart should do more action/horror movies.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2020
    If Alien was like a haunted house in space, then Underwater is a haunted house...underwater. People move about - in large spacesuits - through dark places with flashlights that never seem to work and plenty of loud noises from somewhere ("did you hear that?!?") for those all important set-up jumpscares. But all in all the work, despite location, goes over familiar territory (yet again) and offers nada different or fresh. Unless one is a Kristen Stewart fan.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2020
    Kristen Stewart actually kind of pulls off carrying this thing, which was a surprise to me. I know a lot of people have really enjoyed her post-Twilight career, but I haven't really latched on to anything she's done. It feels pretty short, but not as short as it actually is at 95 minutes. The creatures were cool, I'm pretty sure. It was kind of hard to see. But for all its ups and downs I did basically enjoy Underwater, a solid mix of creepy monster, creepy environment, interspersed with tension-relieving dialogue. The only real problem is that it's very derivative. Not a massive issue in and of itself, the trouble is that it means every five minutes you think to yourself "Oh! This is just like X Movie (usually Alien)... I kinda wish I was watching that instead".
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2020
    Colour me surprised. Everything from the trailers to the posters for Underwater made it seem like a rehash of a thousand better survival films, and while it absolutely has a few cringe-worthy moments and it not afraid to completely steal ideas from other films, it's actually quite a solid little thriller. My expectations were incredibly low, as I was expecting to hate how derivative it would feel, but I never really did. I'm shocked to say this, but here's why I believe Underwater (especially if you're a fan of survival movies) is probably worth your time.  The premise is simple. A mysterious occurrence ruptures a submarine underwater, causing many of the crew members to parish. The few survivors left, band together in order to come up with an escape mission. This movie could've benefitted from much more development of its characters and a little more time to spend with these characters before the event itself, but the filmmakers clearly just wanted to place you in a survival story right off the bat. Once you get past the rushed feel of the first act, this movie becomes very enjoyable.  The main character in Norah is played by Kristen Stewart, which was something else I was apprehensive of before viewing. Not that I think she's a bad actress, but she's never exactly blown me away in any of her roles. I think her performance in Underwater is probably the best she's ever been. Not only does she deliver something different than she ever has, but she almost feels like someone who would actually have a job like this. Where this movie suffers, however, is through the events of the third act.  While it becomes obvious that the third act will be a giant spectacle as the film progresses, I wasn't expecting it to go as far as it did. It almost felt like the conclusion to a different movie. Underwater begins as a film that pays homage to the first Alien film but becomes a generic CGI-fest by the end. Still, the effects themselves were actually quite good and I was invested enough to not let it hurt the movie too bad. Aside from an overblown ending and a rushed start, this movie hit all the right marks for me.  In the end, Underwater certainly won't be winning any awards, but it's a fun little creature-feature nonetheless. Kristen Stewart is solid in the lead role and supporting performances from Jessica Henwick and Vincent Cassel stood out to me as well. T.J. Miller is present as the comedic relief, which honestly just felt unnecessary, but there's a lot more good than bad here. If you're looking for a quick little thriller to watch, there are much worse options. Underwater was a pleasant surprise.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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