I knew going in that ‘Underwater’ wasn’t going to be great, but I was surprised at how it wasn’t terrible. Kristin Stewart is stellar in it, which says a lot because I usually don’t like her.
The plot is simple – basically ‘The Abyss’ meets ‘Alien’. A group of people live on a deep sea oil rig. It starts with Stewart’s character alone in a locker room. Then all hell breaks loose. The rig floods. Stewart runs for safety and finds a few other survivors along the way.
Soon, they realize that to make it out alive they will need to do a walk on the sea floor to another facility. That’s when they encounter the creatures that their drilling unleashed.
It suffers a little bit from not having ten or fifteen minutes at the beginning to get to know the characters before the rig floods, and it keeps you really from getting to know the characters on a deeper level. Aside from that, what you are left with is a claustrophobic, fast paced, sci-fi horror film.
I’m all for original work, which is what this little film is. It borrows themes a little from other films (Like ‘Alien’ and ‘The Abyss’), but the creatures are original and the cast is does well with what they are given. The special effects are nice to look at as well. Check this one out if for no other reason than to send a message to the studios that we want original content and not more remakes and sequels.