Underwater is a sci-fi and Lovecraftian horror film released in 2020 which is directed by William Eubank and starts with Kristen Stewart. The movie won1 award and 5 nominees. The movie is full of suspense and intense like Devil (2010), The Mist (2007).
Original Title Underwater
Other Titles Undersea
Genre Sci-fi/ Lovecraftian Horror/ Survival
Runtime 1hr 35min
Original Language English
Director William Eubank
Producer Peter Chernin, Tonia Davis, Jenno Topping
Release date January 10, 2020 (USA)
Filming location Louisiana, USA
Official Website Underwater – Facebook
Cast of Characters
|Actor/Actress Name||Character Name|
|Kristen Stewart||Norah Price|
|Vincent Cassel||Captain Lucien|
|John Gallagher Jr.||Liam Smith|
|Jessica Henwick||Emily Haversham|
Underwater (2020) Film Full Plot Explained
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August 07, 2050
The movie Underwater (2020) starts with the scene with a drilling station named Kepler which is run by Tian Industries. Kepler is in the deep of Mariana Trench. They drill almost 7miles deep undersea which is kind of impossible still with our modern technology.
Whatever, Kepler did their job and appointed many employees. The first person we met is Norah Price who is a mechanical engineer. She looks sad on the screen, maybe the reason is spending too much time under the sea. Norah doesn’t even know when it is day or night. Of course, sunlight can’t reach so deep in the sea.
Suddenly an earthquake hits the station. The station begins to fall apart. Norah runs for safety with Rodrigo, who is one of his colleagues. They enter a safety chamber and need to shield from water. Some people are trying to reach the safety chamber but Norah has to shield the door asap. Otherwise, water will seep in and the entire station will be destroyed. So, Norah leaves them and closes the door. A small explosion occurs and the situation becomes more chaotic.
Norah & Rodrigo move forward to the evacuation pods. The corridor collapsed. There is now a small tunnel for crawling and they keep moving. They find another coworker, Paul, trapped underneath some debris. They freed Paul and the three reached the evacuation pod.
They find Captain Lucien, biologist Emily, and Engineer Liam Smith who already are in there, and all pods are gone. Captain Lucien makes a plan to go to Roebuck station though Norah protests. But that is the only possibility to find a way of surviving.
They wear pressurized suits to travel. In the beginning, Rodrigo’s helmet cracked and he died in an instant. Norah says that somehow, she knew Rodrigo knew his helmet was faulty. They continue their moving.
After some time they receive a distracting signal and they assume there may be any survivor who is trying to communicate. So, Liam & Paul slip out for searching. They find a wounded dead body instead of any evacuation pod. Suddenly a small creature from the corpse attacks them and Liam kills it by gunfire. They bring the creature back for inspection and Emily declares that it is a modified version of a long-gone ancient species. You become amused at this stage.
An explosion triggers the Kepler station to explore further away from the Roebuck, causing debris to fall on the crew. As a result of Liam’s mishap, his oxygen tank is damaged and he inhales fumes, but the others bring him in and help him. Their suits need to be recharged in the access tunnel, but Liam’s is severely damaged. Eventually, one of the creatures of the deepsea pulls Paul underwater, and he ends up getting ripped apart as the others watch.
Liam’s damaged suit will cause him to breathe in more fumes while the remaining four make their way to the Midway station. Louis tries to reach out from there but is unable to. They find the damaged computer systems. Emily says this is nature’s retribution for drilling work they’ve been doing. Norah agrees.
While walking across the ocean floor, another creature attacks them. Liam is pulled into a cave by the creature, prompting Lucien to fight it off. Although Liam returns safely, Lucien and Norah are dragged by the creature. During the ascent, the rapid increase in pressure threatens both Norah and Lucien, so he sacrifices himself to save Norah.
Norah reaches the Shepard station and finds Lucien’s work, which suggests that he may have known something about the creatures, but nothing concrete. Norah then attempts to contact Liam and Emily but does not receive a response. Following a brief moment of despair, Norah picks herself up, gets a new suit, and sets out for Roebuck.
Afterward, Norah walks to Emily and Liam on the ocean. She is fortunate to find Emily pulling Liam. Liam is dragged back to the Roebuck station by Norah and Emily. Finally, they arrive.
However, there appears to be a whole nest of creatures on the ceiling, so the three must make their way in quietly. There are three evacuation pods, but the third has been severely damaged and cannot be used. After placing Liam in a pod, Norah tries to persuade Emily to take the next one. Despite Emily’s protests, Norah has to knock her into the pod to get her to leave. In the Marianas trench, Norah remained to die alone.
While Emily and Liam’s pods are leaving, the creatures follow them. The large leader monster emerges shortly afterward and begins attacking Roebuck. As Norah realizes there is no other way out, she raises the energy levels in the station to annihilate all the creatures in the ocean. As she looks back on her time there, she appears to be at ease with her decision, even smiling a little as the leader and its monsters go down with her.
In the final minutes of the film, newspaper articles are shown discussing Liam and Emily’s survival, but Tian Industries does everything they can to silence their testimony and go on with their ocean-based work.
The movie ends here.
- Unpredictable, because of its unique idea.
- Fantastic effects
- The movie moves quickly into action
- The acting is great. Especially Kristen Stewart nailed her role.
- No character development
- Lack of realistic physics
- Cinematography & S/VFX should be developed more. Especially camera shakes several times when it moves.
- Too many close-ups & visions are blurred.
If you love cosmic horror or Lovecraftian horror then this is a must-watch recommended by Brainless Pen.