Owing much of its storyline to other movies – I won’t name them in case I
give any spoilers away – but perhaps it’s a nod to that fact that one of
the base stations in the underwater drilling complex is called Poseidon.
Set six miles below the ocean surface, after disaster strikes their
underwater drilling station, six survivors (Kristen Stewart, Jessica
Henwick, T.J. Miller, John Gallagher Jr and Mamoudou Athie) are led across
the ocean floor by their captain (Vincent Cassel) to a possible place of
Thinking that at first that the disaster was caused by an earthquake they
make their way from one situation to the next. However the team soon learn
that their journeys not going to be as easy as they think as they find that
they have to fight for their lives as they come under attack from
mysterious and deadly creatures.
With very little back story Underwater jumps straight into the action and
it’s pretty unrelenting from start to finish. The one criticism would be
that come the eventual climax, the murky dark depths of the ocean and the
fast editing all combine to make what’s going on the screen somewhat
Stewart, the undoubtable star of the movie, equips herself well in a role
that’s very different from any that she’s played since her Twilight movie
Underwater is a mishmash of better movies but with its fast pace and
relentless action director William Eubank has crafted a movie that’s a
thrilling ride from start to finish.