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Underwater (2020)

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Reggie W, Jan 6, 2020.

  1. Malcolm R

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    Yes, Deep Rising is another good one. Reminds me that I haven't yet watched my Kino blu-ray of that film.
     
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    It's a very nice looking disc, but the CGI has not aged well.
     
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    Of the three older movies mentioned, I like Deep Rising the best. It’s more fun and it’s got Benny (from the Mummy).
     
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  4. Malcolm R

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    They were both directed by Stephen Sommers, who often casts Kevin O'Connor in his films (kind of like Joe Dante and Dick Miller back in the day).
     
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    So, I went over to the old Roger Ebert site because I was reading reviews of 1917 now that I have seen it and they basically give 1917 a crap review but I noticed they give this film, Underwater, basically a glowing review and claim this is well worth going to see.

    Interesting to me because I thought 1917 was one of the best films of the year by far and I thought this was probably highly questionable as to if it would be any good. So, go figure, ha! Shows how differently people can see things.
     
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    Ouch.....



    Disney/Fox had the TSG/Chernin Entertainment Kirsten Stewart action movie Underwater and it’s two duds in a row for the Twlight alum after Charlie’s Angels with this $50M movie from Sundance wunderkind William Eubank hitting rock bottom with $6.7M in the No. 7 spot. The one piece of news for this movie which Fox sat on heading into the new Disney regime, is that it didn’t get a ‘F’ CinemaScore like The Grudge last weekend. But, it received a C, the lowest grade of the new entries. On PostTrak, Underwater has 2 stars and a 35% definite recommend, while Grudge in weekend 2 on the Comscore/Screen Engine audience exit service has no stars. Essentially, if you’re going to release bad movies, a studio has to do it at times when there is at least access to good traffic so they can try and make as much back in the first revenue stream as possible.

    Deadline
     
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    I have a buddy who said Underwater was good but very similar to alot of other (better) movies. He loved 1917 though.
     
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    Malcolm R

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    Yeah, most of the criticism seems to be from people making comparisons to other movies, rather than just reviewing the movie itself. I'm not sure how anyone makes a deep sea disaster/horror film anymore without similarities to older films. There are only so many ways to go with regard to water pressure, oxygen or lack thereof, and sea monsters. Everyone had to compare The Meg to Jaws, too.

    There's nothing new under the sea (or in film criticism).:P
     
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    Saw Underwater today before the NFL. Surprisingly entertaining, liked it for what it was start to finish. Way better than Bad Boy, e.g.

    B-
     
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    It's also a matter of what one expects from the movie.

    One goes into a film like "Underwater" with different expectations than a film like "1917", so it becomes about how well the movie achieves its goals.

    I've not seen "Underwater" - mainly because the trailers made it look awful - but I guess the reviewer thought it did what it set out to do better than "1917"!
     
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    Sometimes I see movies based on timing. I didn't plan to see "Underwater" but it showed at the right time and there was nothing else I was dying to see, so I went to it.

    Meh.

    It wears its influences on its sleeve and never really gets a head of steam. It feels like it SHOULD be exciting but it isn't.

    I can't call it a bad movie, and at about 90 minutes, it's over too soon to wear out its welcome.

    But it never turns into anything especially interesting. You've seen similar stories, and you've seen it done better...
     
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    Question for anyone who saw it:

    Did we ever get any indication of the origins of the creatures?

    I'm under the impression they're ancient critters who've been on the ocean floor for eons and the drilling awoke them, but that's just my take. Not sure if the movie gave us a better backstory and I missed it somehow!
     
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    I don't think they ever nailed that down. I'd go with your theory or the creatures came up into the ocean through the drilled hole somehow.

    The "great" thing about Underwater is it doesn't really spend a ton of time trying to justify the creatures. It launches right into the action and doesn't stop until the end. It's mercifully short but never as fun as The Meg or as thrilling as The Shallows or 47 Meters Down. It's just kinda there, provides a bit of action, a thrill or two and ends. Nothing stupidly offensive, but nothing which stands out either. I don't recommend it, but if you just need to turn your brain off and watch people run and jump and you like water-based movies, I guess it's fine...?
     
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    Haven't yet seen the film, but a couple of reviews seemed to float the possibility of

    a supernatural origin, like some kind of demon or "guard dogs" of Hell, or some such thing.
     
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    Thanks for the thoughts on the creatures' origins. I was pretty sure we got no real information - which makes sense, since the characters wouldn't know.

    Just couldn't recall if there was something in the movie that gave a hint! :)
     

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