It’s something like Aliens meets Deep Blue Sea meets Sphere meets The Meg meets… you get the idea. The plot follows a team stationed on a research facility located at the bottom of the ocean. And then an earthquake happens. And then monsters happen.
I’m a sucker for creature features like this – and this could, could be a solid one. It’s a tense first trailer, suggesting some claustrophobic happenings as the team is picked off one by one by both creatures and, we assume, the elements. Interestingly, this was filmed back in 2017 (before Miller’s fake bomb threat stunt and accusation of sexual assault), although there’s been no word on it being a troubled production or anything to suggest it’s quality is to blame for a pushback.
The film is directed by William Eubank, who previously helmed 2014 sci-fi film The Signal. The script comes from Brian Duffield (The Babysitter, Insurgent) and Adam Cozad (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, The Legend of Tarzan).
Underwater, also starring Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr, and Mamoudou Athie, arrives in Australia on January 9 and hits the US on January 10, 2020.
Official synopsis for Underwater:
In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, and trapped in a rapidly flooding structure, a crew of six stationed on an underwater research facility realise their only shot at survival lies in walking across the ocean floor to a distant abandoned rig. In addition to the physical challenges of the journey they quickly realise they’re being hunted by mythic, monstrous sea predators hellbent on killing them.