Good evening! We're just getting started with the 2020 film slate. Usually, January isn't a good month for movies. I'm reviewing a little deep sea horror film called Underwater and it will be interesting to see if this one is better than the average release in January. Keep reading to find out more details.
Here's a brief plot synopsis. A deep sea oil rig collapses, prompting the surviving crew members to venture into the unknown abyss. It seems like the rig's destruction wasn't an accident and something otherworldly is stalking the crew. Will the crew reach the surface or will an underwater enemy drag everyone to their graves?
This is a very simple movie and it doesn't need to be more complex. I have to admit, Underwater is a typical January release. The film has a lot of issues and mainstream audiences will forget it quickly. However, it has some decent elements. I really appreciate Underwater's world building. It's creepy, atmospheric, and a nice callback to classic deep sea horror films, such as The Abyss, Leviathan, and DeepStar Six. The visual effects are surprisingly good and the monsters are scary. For those of you who enjoy creature features, this movie shows the monsters several times with clarity. It only runs for an hour and a half, which is also a plus.
I really wanted this film to be good, but it has several disappointing elements. The characters have very little development. Technically, the actors are completely fine, but it's hard to feel invested because we don't know the characters very well. It also means death scenes and other forms of peril lack significant weight. I saw a really gruesome death scene early in the movie and it didn't strike a chord with me at all. The situation might have been different if I cared about the said character.
Underwater also has some weird technical issues. I think something is wrong with the film editing and cinematography. The lighting it too dark and it's really hard to see what's happening. That might have been a creative choice because the characters are on the bottom of the ocean. But the audience still needs to see the characters and environment. It seems like the director and cinematographer wanted a claustrophobic affect, but I don't think the results worked very well. The view was too narrow and I felt like the audience was missing important details.
The movie is short, but it still has pacing issues. I would say the runtime feels like two hours. It feels around thirty minutes longer than the actual runtime. Sometimes the pacing is slow and not very interesting. It definitely has some frightening moments, but the film relies on jump scares and the plot spends a lot of time with the characters talking in corridors. I thought the movie should have moved along better.
Obviously, I wouldn't recommend seeing this film in theaters. That would be a waste of time and money. However, it might be a decent watch on streaming. You could watch it on your tv, laptop, or tablet. It seems like several critics are comparing Underwater to Alien. Don't pay attention to those comments. This movie didn't remind me of Alien, but it's very similar to other deep sea horror films. If enjoy these types of movies, wait for it to come out on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
All right! We're done with my first movie outing of the year. Expect to see many reviews and discussions throughout 2020. I'm just getting started. Thanks a lot and I'll see you guys next week. Bye!
Thanks for visiting again! My mom and I went to the Long Beach Comic Expo this morning and we had an enjoyable outing. I didn't see many photo opportunities and the event seemed relatively scaled down, but it was still okay for all intensive purposes. Feel free to check out any links, photos, and descriptions in this post. Have fun!
First, we parked early and had a nice breakfast buffet at the Hyatt Regency. It was really good and a little bit cheaper than most hotel buffets. I highly recommend it if anyone is traveling in the Long Beach area.
Here's a regular at the Cons. The R2-D2 Builders had a cool variety of fully functional droids. Apparently, there's a Mouse Droid Builders Club as well. You can check out both groups on Facebook and their official websites.
Metal Souls was one of the more interesting exhibitors. He creates figurines out of pewter and other types of metal. This vendor has an extensive collection of licensed characters and they were pretty cute. Some properties included Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who, Alien, Predator, BioShock, RoboCop, Halo, Star Trek, and various Disney animations. My mom bought a nice looking Boba Fett figure for an upcoming birthday. I thought about purchasing one of the WALL-E figures, but finding the right space on a bookshelf might be tricky for a while. You can check out Metal Souls at https://www.metalsouls.com/.
Steamroller Jim had one of the more impressive cosplay outfits. He was a steampunk Deadpool with a porg on his shoulder. Perfect! He has other costumes as well. I saw him cosplaying as a steampunk Batman at a different event last year. His daughter cosplays too and I believe her stage name is Darth Lexii. Both of them have Instagram accounts. They're really friendly people. So, if you see them at a convention, don't be afraid to say hello.
Top Cow is another regular vendor at the local Cons. I read the first two volumes of their Eclipse comic book series. It's really cool for anyone who loves post-apocalypse. Basically, the sun is burning up the Earth and the human race is falling into chaos. I bought the final two volumes, completing the entire series. Whoohoo! Take a look at Top Cow's offical website if you want to learn more about their publications.
I hope you enjoyed my little photo gallery. It was a short one, but that happens sometimes. I just don't see a huge number of cosplayers at conventions nowadays. My mom and I are attending Star Wars Celebration in the summer. I'm sure it will be packed and parking will probably be a nightmare, so let's see what happens. It should be an exciting event. Thanks for your support and don't forget to share links with your friends. Stay tuned for more awesome content and check in again next week. Have a good night!
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