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 safety.

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 confusing.

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 days.

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.


Underwater (15)

1h 35m

Director: William Eubank

UK Release: 7th February 2020
US Release: 10th January 2020

Underwater - "Dangerous" - Clip

Underwater - "We Walk" - Clip