Kristen Stewart is lean, taciturn, and intense in this aquatic “Alien” attempt. But the movie is more dull than horrific.
Although the movie got a 47% and 6.4/10 rating from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb, respectively.
Early on this fortunately little horror picture, a crew member – one of a handful trapped nearly seven miles below the ocean in a collapsing futuristic oil rig – wrests from the sea and a super-gnarly-looking, aggressive creature, which he brings to show the gang.
“Oh no,” a viewer would think, “you never bring dangerous-looking thing back on the ship. Haven’t they watched the movie ‘Alien’?” Maybe, maybe not, but it won’t even matter, as the item doesn’t get too much at that moment.
Welcome to the world of “Underwater,” a film own sea legs are so wobbly, you’re never entirely sure whether that weak fake-out was even deliberate.
Directed by William Eubank from a story by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad, it tries to set up some “Alien”-of-the-deep bona fides with its primary, Kristen Steward, being mute, lean and intense in the opening scene.
Stewart may well be as resulting a screen actress as Sigourney Weaver, but silly like this isn’t going to build a comparable filmography.
T.J. Miller plays the crew member who finds out about the gnarly thing. The film wrapped before his brush with the law. While this may have donated to the movie’s deep shelving, Miller’s is not the only problem here.
It’s a challenge to build suspense and keep action coherent in the submerged environment simulated in “Underwater.” Still, Eubank doesn’t meet it, instead of falling back on old shocks that are not credibly buttressed by bulging bass effects on the soundtrack.
Also, the final form of the meaning sea creature is in its way as funny as carpet monster in the 1964 cinematic accident “The Creeping Terror.”