Kristen Stewart’s not having it easy. She escaped from the ‘Twilight’ shadow by receding into the background with little or hardly-known films. She struggled to make it back to mainstream cinema with ‘Charlie’s Angels’. And now her next film ‘Underwater’ has been submerged under bad reviews already. The film revolves around how a terrifying alien species attack the crew members of a research station, that is located miles below the ocean.
The Guardian panned it writing: “It’s a solid, competently directed regurgitation of an oft-told tale that never manages to justify its own existence.”
Indiewire.com critic wrote, “Underwater” is gasping for air from the moment it starts. Set almost seven miles below the ocean surface aboard a deep-sea drilling complex that’s exclusively populated by hot millennials, the movie dives right into the abyss with nary a hint of set-up.”
Ouch. That’s got to hurt.
So if you’re considering ‘Underwater’, here are some other films on underwater you just might want to watch instead.
Directed by James Cameron, the 1989 film starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Michael Biehn, revolves around an American submarine which has been sunk in the Caribbean. The US team go on a life-threatening expedition to recover the boat, and are faced with more perils than they could imagine. And, guess what? There are aliens involved too. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, and won Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
On the surface, Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ might be understood to be about a killer shark. But it’s not, even though there’s a shark on the poster and on the soundtrack album and so on. Based on the novel by Peter Benchley, ‘Jaws’ tells the story of a seaside resort named Amity that is threatened by a big shark. Though police chief Martin Brody orders the beaches to be closed, the Mayor insists otherwise. And slowly, things spiral out of control. And the most intriguing part of the film is that the villain isn’t really the shark. It has been interpreted in multiple ways including the slow eradication of old political ideologies as well as a new understanding of death. The film is wrapped in several layers, which is why it is still one of the most popular films today.
Directed by Barry Levinson, the 1998 film starred Samuel L Jackson, Sharon Stone and Dustin Hoffman. An alien spacecraft is discovered at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, and a team of experts is required to investigate it.
The ’80s were clearly the era for underwater-alien-related films, and George P. Cosmatos’s Leviathan was often compared to ‘Abyss’ and Alien’. The film related the story of a crew in an underwater facility, who are brutally attacked by a mutant creature. It starred Peter Weller
Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern and Ernie Hudson among others.
Deep Blue Sea
If it’s not aliens, it’s most likely sharks. And sure, enough if you’re in the mood to watch angry sharks who go on a rampage, killing people in an underwater facility, then this one is for you. And, Samuel L Jackson stars in this film too!
So, take your pick.