• Anthony Piseno

Underwater (2020)

Underwater is a film that came out earlier this year and was dismissed pretty quickly. Mostly due to the lack of marketing and possibly because Kristen Stewart was starring. Sitting at a 48% on rotten tomatoes doesn't help either. However, there was one thing I heard about this film that piqued my interest - it is the last film made with a Lovecraftian theme. Now if you don't know what "Lovecraftian" is, let me explain; the word refers to the author H.P. Lovecraft who wrote books such as Dagon, The Call of Cthulu, and At the Mountains of Madness - all horror stories focused on "the unknown." The type of fear that is primarily based on coming face to face with something so astounding and shocking it forces you to question all you have ever known.

This horror has appeared in films such as The Mist, Annihilation, and The Thing, now we can take Underwater to be another one of those films. The plot follows the survivors of a damaged drilling station at the bottom of the ocean. Norah (Kristen Stewart) is the engineer at the station leading her crew to a set of remaining escape pods. They enter a journey full of twists and turns and Eldridge. I won't say much more but I found this flick to be an interesting and fun one.

None of the actors are lacking and T.J. Miller provides some great comic relief. The situations are dramatic and anxiety-inducing. The only real flaw is the strange edits and narration provided by Kristen Stewart in a few scenes that really hold no purpose but to provide some philosophy about the plot. However, Underwater is entirely underrated and while it isn't available for streaming at the moment it is worth renting. 7.5/10.

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