"Reel Reviews: Horror-thriller ‘Underwater’ not for faint of heart " by: Jessica Shepard

   This week, I took my mom to the movies with me to see “Underwater” and was not disappointed by her reactions. 
   Most horror-thriller films rely on a lot of gore or jump scares and it’s become tiring and easily predictable. 
   Not so with Underwater! 
   Maybe it’s because everything happens seven miles underwater in the deep, dark crushing depths of the Mariana Trench. 
   Or, it might be because I’m not a fan of tight spaces and the possibility of drowning. 
   Either way, it was a fast-paced survival ride from start to finish; which is surprising given its rating. 
   Underwater is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and terror, and brief strong language and clocks in just over an hour and a half long. 
   Underwater is a science fiction horror film directed by William Eubank and written by Brian Duffield and Adam Cozad. 
   The film is produced by Chernin Entertainment and stars Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, and T.J. Miller. 
   Tian Industries’ intends to drill seven miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench for un-named resources. 
   In the middle of the night, a large earthquake hits, and a section of the Kepler 822 Station starts to suffer a catastrophic breach from the water pressure. 
   Norah Price (Stewart), a mechanical engineer, and Rodrigo (Athie) are able to escape the area and close it off, temporarily preventing further damage to the Kepler. 
   They rescue crewmember Paul (Miller) as they make their way to the escape pod bay. 
   However, the three discover that all of the escape pods have already been deployed, with Captain Lucien (Cassel) being the only person in the area when the three arrive. 
   The surviving crew reach a control base and find biologist Emily Haversham (Henwick) and engineer Liam Smith (Gallagher), who are unsuccessful in their attempts to make contact with the surface. 
   Lucien recommends that they put on pressurized suits and walk one mile across the ocean floor to the Roebuck Station 641 where the drill is manned. 
   They start to emerge from the station to head into a cargo elevator, but Rodrigo’s helmet is faulty and cracks from the pressure; killing him instantly. 
   The surviving crew see a distress beacon from one of the escape pods below as they ride the cargo elevator to the ocean floor, and Smith and Paul go outside to investigate. 
   As Smith and Paul arrive at the location, the pod has been ripped open and a body lies in the rubble. 
   Paul inspects the body, only for a hatchling creature to emerge from it and attack him. Smith is able to shoot and kill it with a bolt gun, and they bring it inside. 
   Studying the creature’s body, Haversham realizes it is a part of a previously undiscovered species. 
   The five begin to set out towards the Roebuck Station, but as they are walking, the Kepler explodes, causing debris to fly towards them. 
   It’s a race against flying debris, unknown monsters of the deep and just sheer bad luck. 
   Watching Underwater in a chilly, dark theater definitely amps up the thrills, so, go check it out!

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