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The critics killed it when it came out in theaters. With an $80 million dollar budget, it tanked by only making $40 million worldwide and just over $17 million in the U.S. You know what? It was an absolute gem.
Underwater is a combination of a few different films. The Abyss, Alien, and Cloverfield. It takes a little bit from each of them and blends. Of course, from the title alone you know that it is going to take place beneath the ocean. Director William Eubank does a fantastic job of putting the story together in a way that captures your interest and attention and allows you to get sort of intimate with the characters and their atmosphere. It reminds me of the way the three films above felt when I first saw them. The best thing about the film is that it starts out with the unfortunate situation that the characters face, right off the bat.
A crew of oceanic researchers working for a deep sea drilling company at the bottom of the Mariana Trench, must get to safety as a large earthquake has struck, and killed off a lot their crew as well as, damaged their underwater habitat. Time is of the essence as they are running out of air and ideas to stay alive. There is also something very strange going on as they try and find out what exactly caused the so-called earthquake.
Underwater has a great cast led by Kristen Stewart who reminds me of a young Ripley from Alien, as well as Vincent Cassell, who is wonderful as the captain. They do a wonderful job of portraying human beings who are doing everything they can to survive and to not give up as well as to find out what is going on down there. There are plenty of easter eggs to the film Alien which shows a lot of respect from director Eubanks. This is by far, one of the best films I have seen in a long time.
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