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 Posted:   Jan 10, 2020 - 10:11 AM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

Made me want to see this movie.

That review is lying. Don't waste your money.

Underwater is just another humourless jump scare flick inhabited by lifeless, unsympathetic characters that plays out more like a workprint with temp score; and I use the word "score" very loosely here, because Beltrami is once again working out of the sound effects department.

As dumb and derivative as they are, Leviathan, Deepstar Six and Deep Rising are all objectively superior monster movies; at least they all tried telling somewhat involving stories involving personable characters involved in entertaining, suspenseful events, and all with the obvious aim of providing audiences an amusing genre romp.

Conversely, Underwater is just a vacuous bore starring a vacant-eyed Kristen Stewart and, probably has a gambling problem, Vincent Cassel.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2020 - 10:44 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

When a movie sits on the shelf this long, since 2017, the studio is not exactly proud of it

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2020 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Back in 2018 Ramin Djawadi was listed as the composer, and IMDb showed other credits like the orchestra contractor. Probably recorded it.

The film has been doomed composer wise for years.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2020 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Now you are all making me depressed.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2020 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Don't listen to them, Joan. Make up your own mind.

Alas, it seems this film doesn't have a Norwegian distributor. Which may mean I'll have to wait untill it gets released on Blu-ray (or some streaming service). I'm hoping it at the very least is screened at some festival.

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2020 - 11:01 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

joan, keep in the thoughtful reasoning of Spinmeister, and then remember Thor thinks "A.I." is a masterpiece.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2020 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Just watch Alien and Abyss, that pretty much gets the job done, better

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2020 - 11:33 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

joan, keep in the thoughtful reasoning of Spinmeister, and then remember Thor thinks "A.I." is a masterpiece.

Indeed. And proud of it too.

 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2020 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Admitting it is the first step. ;-)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 10, 2020 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Okay Justin, you made me laugh out loud. Ado, I watch Alien quite often. It is one of my favorite films! (Less depressed now, gentlemen.smile)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2020 - 4:22 AM   
 By:   Simon Underwood   (Member)

Well, I'm certainly going when it opens here in a couple of weeks smile

https://film.avclub.com/underwater-proves-kristen-stewart-is-more-than-ready-to-1840925963

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2020 - 5:22 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Well, I'm certainly going when it opens here in a couple of weeks smile

https://film.avclub.com/underwater-proves-kristen-stewart-is-more-than-ready-to-1840925963


translation, Alex has a crush on Kstew

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2020 - 5:23 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Okay Justin, you made me laugh out loud. Ado, I watch Alien quite often. It is one of my favorite films! (Less depressed now, gentlemen.smile)

Hi Joan. Studios have been remaking Alien in space and underwater for decades now, all the same ingredients, they just shuffle the chairs around a bit. It is a classic picture.

 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2020 - 5:06 PM   
 By:   Spinmeister   (Member)

Well, I'm certainly going when it opens here in a couple of weeks smile

https://film.avclub.com/underwater-proves-kristen-stewart-is-more-than-ready-to-1840925963


You've been warned. That AV review, like so many of their reviews, is just marketing hype.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 11, 2020 - 5:22 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Hey Ado, look what I just found in a review. (Yeah, Ripley.)


"The opening shot of “Underwater” roves around the empty, industrial passageways of some kind of transport vessel, the walls creaking. Motivated by an unknown force, the camera’s pan ultimately lands on Norah (Kristen Stewart), who has cropped bleached hair and a mouthful of toothpaste, clad in her skivvies. Immediately the audience recognizes this will be Stewart’s “Ripley moment,” paying homage to Sigourney Weaver’s iconic role in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” (but at the bottom of the Mariana trench, rather than in outer space)."

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2020 - 1:08 AM   
 By:   Mink   (Member)

Just saw the movie yesterday and really liked it. Of course it doesn’t reinvent the wheel but I thought the filmmakers played nicely with the horror movie tropes they decided to use (and admittedly there are quiet a few...). The film also includes some nice visual references to especially the first ALIEN. It also reminded me of the DEAD SPACE video games.

Vincent Cassel is just such a good actor that his presence alone makes the picture I think. But Stewart and the rest of the cast are pretty good as well. I thought the dialogue was well-written for a film like this. The underwater visuals are excellent, just as the creature design.

I can’t imagine anyone who has a thing (no pun intended) for creature features or underwater thrillers to not be entertained by this. I’m a sucker for these particular genres and have seen much worse. Aside from two or three head scratching moments, when it comes to underwater horror, this is as good as it gets in my opinion.

The score starts out with a pretty cool main title but is unfortunately reduced to more or less sound design for the rest of the film. It’s still solid (Beltrami is always good IMO) but it doesn’t really stand out. Unfortunately they decided to use an abysmal (pun intended) song for the epilogue and first half of the end credits that takes away some of the ending’s impact. But I doubt most people will care ;-)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2020 - 5:31 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Hey Ado, look what I just found in a review. (Yeah, Ripley.)


"The opening shot of “Underwater” roves around the empty, industrial passageways of some kind of transport vessel, the walls creaking. Motivated by an unknown force, the camera’s pan ultimately lands on Norah (Kristen Stewart), who has cropped bleached hair and a mouthful of toothpaste, clad in her skivvies. Immediately the audience recognizes this will be Stewart’s “Ripley moment,” paying homage to Sigourney Weaver’s iconic role in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” (but at the bottom of the Mariana trench, rather than in outer space)."


exactly-yup

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 12, 2020 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   Ado   (Member)

Just saw the movie yesterday and really liked it. Of course it doesn’t reinvent the wheel but I thought the filmmakers played nicely with the horror movie tropes they decided to use (and admittedly there are quiet a few...). The film also includes some nice visual references to especially the first ALIEN. It also reminded me of the DEAD SPACE video games.

Vincent Cassel is just such a good actor that his presence alone makes the picture I think. But Stewart and the rest of the cast are pretty good as well. I thought the dialogue was well-written for a film like this. The underwater visuals are excellent, just as the creature design.

I can’t imagine anyone who has a thing (no pun intended) for creature features or underwater thrillers to not be entertained by this. I’m a sucker for these particular genres and have seen much worse. Aside from two or three head scratching moments, when it comes to underwater horror, this is as good as it gets in my opinion.

The score starts out with a pretty cool main title but is unfortunately reduced to more or less sound design for the rest of the film. It’s still solid (Beltrami is always good IMO) but it doesn’t really stand out. Unfortunately they decided to use an abysmal (pun intended) song for the epilogue and first half of the end credits that takes away some of the ending’s impact. But I doubt most people will care ;-)



I doubt the studio will be printing "good reviews" on the package for this that say "I'm a sucker"

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 15, 2020 - 10:29 PM   
 By:   Grendel25   (Member)

I saw the movie the other day despite the reviews and I have to say I had a fun with it. It's a B-Movie that gets right into the action so no time is really wasted and the end is a bit bat shit crazy but not too much. I really loved the designs of the underwater suits. I think the reviews were harsh because it just did what other movies have done before (The Abyss and Aliens) but it did it effectively.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 20, 2020 - 3:18 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I did not waste my money seeing this movie. It is certainly a relentless, action-packed movie. Sometimes a creature or alien is just part of the survival equation, and this movie was a survivalist movie. Seemed to me that drowning, oxygen, nuclear meltdown, and pressure from over 6 miles of water up above the characters were also very important factors the characters had to deal with in order to survive.

Sure, there were clichés here and there, but it had a few scares, and I liked the 6 characters who were trying to solve the big problem of how to live.

Yes, the music was some sound design and certainly scary.

 
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